"SMU says that they're still recruiting me," said Brother Martin running back Dante Butler. "They told me that I might hear from them in mid-July or the beginning of August. It's still early and I'm still open to all schools."
"I'd say that Northwestern stands out the most," he said. "They have a great combination of academics and athletics. I plan on studying Civil Engineering and with a degree from Northwestern, you can go anywhere in the country."
Butler is also impressed by a recent Northwestern commit.
"I didn't know that Zack Oliver (Catholic-Baton Rouge quarterback) had committed to them. That's nice. I'm going to have to look into that. That does help (Northwestern's chances with Butler), having another Louisiana player going up there."
In 2009, Brother Martin began the season 5-0, but dropped the last five games, including a 28-17 loss to eventual state champion West Monroe in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
"We should have a better team than last year," said Butler. "We're more cohesive as a team unit this year. We do have areas of concern. We lost a key linebacker to (district rival) Rummel and our backup running back is moving to linebacker to replace him. He's working his butt off to fill the position at linebacker."
Butler won't have to worry about a couple of positions, however.
"When I look at our top two offensive linemen - Elbert Fulgham and Jordan Greene - in the weight room," he said, "it's scary. I can't wait to run behind them this year. I broke the team record for rushing last year against McDonogh 35 and my line gets all the credit for that."
In that game, a 45-34 shootout won by Brother Martin, Butler ran for a whopping 278 yards and five touchdowns.