St. Edward's High School in Ohio is a nationally recognized high school football power. Syracuse was able to land a talented player from the program last cycle in three-star linebacker Troy Henderson after beating out the likes of Nebraska, Rutgers and late pushes from Miami and others. In 2016, the Orange are after one of Henderson's teammates in three-star safety Tony Butler.
Linebackers coach Clark Lea, the Syracuse assistant responsible for recruiting Ohio, has been in touch with Butler in recent days, with the offer finally coming on Thursday.
"Coach Lea contacted me," Butler said. "The offer came about today when he told me to call him and talk. We talked for like 15 minutes and they loved my film. I'm unsure of what position they offered me at, but I'm blessed to have the offer and could potentially team up with Troy Henderson."
Syracuse is recruiting Butler as a defensive back, looking to add a couple more safeties to the roster this cycle. His connection to signee Henderson will only help the Orange's efforts in landing the talented prospect. Butler says the two are very close and have already spoken about Syracuse. Henderson added that he will be actively recruiting Butler.
Any help certainly won't hurt. Butler is already one of the more popular defensive backs in the Midwest with offers from Arizona State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Purdue and others.
A key for the Orange is Butler's relationship with coach Lea. Though it is still early, Butler has a positive first impression of the Orange assistant.
"I talked to him like three times before the offer," he said. "I think he's a great guy. I think he is confident and I'm a confident guy, so that's why (I like him)."
With a growing offer list and plenty of time to decide, Butler is in no rush. He says he has no early favorites and is just enjoying the process right now. There are no immediate plans for Butler to visit the Syracuse campus, but he hopes to take the trip before spring football concludes.