Butcher shines at all-star events

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Nearly one year from now, Scout three-star defensive end Andrew Butcher will be on campus in Knoxville and getting his first glimpse of Southeastern Conference football.

Butcher, who plans to enroll at Tennessee early, got a taste of the talent he'll be going up against on a daily basis when 2015 rolls around with a more than busy schedule over the holidays.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder first tested his skills against the likes of Scout's No. 1 offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt and four-star tackle Chuma Edoga in the Georgia Elite Junior Classic and then shipped his talents to Texas for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl combine.

Overall, Butcher described the experiences as "more than great."

"It's always great to test yourself against the best of the best. I think I did really good," Butcher told InsideTennessee. "It's always a learning experience I thought I did pretty good at both."

Butcher and Hyatt were on the same team during the Elite Junior Classic, but the two future Saturday talents battled every day in practice.

Butcher said it was a "great" learning experience going up against the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Hyatt and feels he did more than just hold his own.

"I just learned a lot going up against him," Butcher said. "It just made me an even smarter defensive end. Against a guy that talented, you can't slip up or do something stupid or he'll end up getting you. In my opinion, I thought I did good."

Butcher certainly did "good" against Tennessee target Edoga on game day.

Butcher and Edoga squared off during the Elite Junior Classic game, and the stats point to a glaring Butcher victory.

Butcher recorder three sacks, two tackles for loss, caused two fumbles and blocked a field goal for good measure.

After the eye-popping performance in Atlanta, Butcher felt more than prepared to take on more top-tier talent at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl combine.

While Butcher can't remember exactly who he faced during one-on-ones, he does know he only lost one rep out of 15.

"I thought I did really good," Butcher told IT. "And on that one rep I lost I was trying something completely different. I was happy with how I did."

At the combine, Butcher posted 33 reps of 185-pounds on the bench press and tallied a 28.5 inch vertical.

The Alpharetta (Ga.) High School standout was pleased with his numbers, but is far from complacent. He's ready to get back to work before his senior season is underway.

Butcher hopes to push his bench press max to 425-pounds and wants add 20 pounds to his athletic frame.

"I've just got to keep on working," Butcher said. "That's all I'm focused on. I want to be as ready as possible for when I'm up at Tennessee."

During his junior season, Butcher recorded 79 tackles, 13 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, forced eight fumbles and blocked a field goal.

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