Will He Follow?

While the Mustangs only received one verbal commitment Saturday, they were able to show off their facilities, coaching staff, and team to plenty of recruits. For Karl Butler, it was his first chance to see the Hilltop after hearing plenty from 2009 SMU recruit Joey Fontana. Did he walk away even more impressed? Is he close to pulling the trigger? Find out the answers inside PonyStampede.com!

After hearing loads of information from 2009 SMU recruit Joey Fontana, and receiving an offer from the Mustangs, Brother Martins High School (LA) cornerback Karl Butler hit the Hilltop this weekend for his first visit.

"As soon as I got there, Coach Reinebold was waiting. That meant a lot to me. The whole coaching staff knew me by my first name and my last name. They recognized me and they made me feel welcome," stated Butler to PonyStampedecom. "Everything was really nice. The whole setup was really nice. All the other recruits that were there were pretty cool. It was a good time."

A 6'1, 187 pound defensive machine, Butler had 4 interceptions along with 25 pass breakups and 20 tackles last season for the Crusaders. The junior corner received several honors following his junior season including Second Team All-State and 9-5A First Team All-District. He currently also holds offers from Tulane and Vanderbilt and is getting heavy interest from Virginia.

"Out of all of the recruits that were there, it has to be hard to remember everyone's names. That shows me they are really interested in me, and it's not just Coach Reinebold recruiting me," said Butler.

During his time on the Hilltop, Butler payed extra attention to the secondary. The defensive backfield is one area that the Mustangs are targeting more than others in the 2010 recruiting class.

"Watching them, reminded me how we run the secondary at Brothers Martin.They were really fast and they all were really nice guys," stated the junior. "I could see myself being a Mustang .With Joey there, it's kind of easier for me to have a guy that I have played with. I trust his judgment, so if he says it's a good school, then I believe him."

Brother Martins is coming off one of their best seasons in school history. After a perfect regular season at 9-0, they were bounced from the playoffs in their first playoff game. Playing in 5A, the defense allowed less than 50 points this regular season.

"I think it was the best defensive team in the history of the school," said Butler. "We are losing some major parts of the core next season, but we have the talent to do it again."

Butler has a 4.55 forty and bench presses 260 pounds. Due to his commitment to track, he has taken only one other unofficial visit. He made a trip to Baton Rouge for LSU's junior day on Jan. 31. He has told PonyStampede.com, that he is also wanting to visit Vanderbilt and Virginia in the late spring to early summer. The corner says right now his plans are to make a decision before his senior year gets underway. He does not currently have any tops schools.

Sometimes the best way to learn about a player is to just ask. How does Butler describe his game? He told Scout.com in an earlier article,"I know you're not supposed to read the quarterback much, but I'm good at reading what he's going to do and breaking on the ball. I'm big enough to engage with the receiver at the line and I have good ball skills. I pride myself on being more physical than the receivers. I need to work on my tackling some but I think my cover skills make up for that some."

We will have more on Karl Butler as it becomes available.

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