Butler has a trio of offers

Aransas Pass, Texas runningback William Butler is one to watch from the Golden Triangle.

Aransas Pass, Texas is known mostly as a fishing community on the Gulf of Mexico and it's not too often high school players from the small town advance to the collegiate level. In fact, it's been since 2003 when the Panthers had a runningback by the name of Tommy Blake who was the last player from the school that made the D-1 level.

Blake went on to have an All-American career at TCU as a defensive end and the next player out of Aransas Pass that is drawing Blake comparisons is William Butler. At 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, Butler isn't quite as big as Blake, but the talent is definitely similar.

Butler has started on the Panthers' varsity since his freshman year and despite missing half of 2011, he still managed to rush for 600 yards and 3 touchdowns. With good size ad 4.6 speed, Butler is drawing interest on both sides of the ball and reportedly has three offers in the fold.

"I have Baylor, Texas State and Houston," Butler said of his offers. "I'm not really looking at Houston. Texas State has offered me for both ways and Baylor offered me as a safety."

Another school that visited his school last spring was TCU. Butler made the three hour drive from his hometown to San Antonio last weekend to attend a Frogs satellite camp.

"It was pretty good, it was hot but it was a nice camp," he said of TCU's camp. "We started on defense first, I went to safety. Then after that we went to offense and I played runningback and then we did some 1-on-1's and then the camp was done. I stayed at runningback during the 1-on-1's."

Although he didn't get as much one-on-one time with the coaches, Butler says he received some praise while going through the various drills.

"They said I did good and to keep up the hard work and stuff and wished me luck for the season," he said of the TCU coaches.

Butler said the coaches were familiar with Aransas Pass thanks to Tommy Blake, who Butler has known his whole life because his father trained Blake. What are his thoughts on the TCU coaches?

"They're real nice people and they know of Aransas Pass really well because that's where Tommy Blake was from and he went to TCU," he said. "Some of the coaches are still there from when he went to TCU. My dad actually trained Tommy when I was growing up, he used to come over and eat with us all the time."

While commitments are happening at a rapid pace, Butler says he's in no rush to make a decision.

"I'll probably try to make a decision right after football season, just a little bit before signing day," Butler finished.


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