Brother Martin Running Back Has Seven Offers

SMU has enjoyed recent recruiting success at Brother Martin and the Mustangs have another player from the New Orleans school on the radar. Crusaders running back Dante' Butler currently holds seven offers. Will SMU be the next program to offer?

SMU signed center Joey Fontana out of Brother Martin a couple of years ago and now the Mustangs are eying another player from the New Orleans Catholic school.

"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."

Butler currently holds offers from seven schools: Tulane, Southern Miss, Northwestern, ULM, Miami (Ohio), Western Kentucky, and Northern Illinois.

"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.

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