Coming Soon To L.A.

With the opening of Fall Camp just over two months away, incoming USC wide receiver Brice Butler can't wait to get out to the West Coast to start working towards climbing the depth chart. "Ultimately, I want to be a freshman All-American," Butler said.

With the opening of Fall Camp just over two months away, incoming USC wide receiver Brice Butler can't wait to get out to the West Coast to start working towards climbing the depth chart.

"Everything has been going great, I am just focused on getting there (USC) and working out," Butler said.

"I am really ready. I have been ready since I visited the first time.

"I have been lifting and running the whole time but I just got the new workout plan from Coach Carlisle, so I have just been doing that this week. It's tough but I know it's going to be even tougher when I get there."

To help ease his transition to the college game, Butler has been working tirelessly on his route running skills with former NFL wide receiver Stacey Bailey. Bailey now runs the Infinity Football Academy and was a teammate of Brice's father, Bobby, on the Atlanta Falcons from 1982 to 1990.

"I have been running my routes and working on my conditioning," Butler said. "My route running comes from Stacey Bailey. I credit all that I know about receiver to him and everything that I learned defensive back-wise I credit that to my father."


USC wide receiver Brice Butler
Butler has certainly utilized all the knowledge that his father and Bailey have offered and has become one of the most polished wide receivers in the 2008 recruiting class.

"My biggest strength is having real good technique," Butler said. "I study film a lot so I know what the defensive back's tendencies and stuff like that."

Once Butler arrives in Los Angeles he will get to learn under another highly-respected wide receiver coach in USC's John Morton.

"He had NFL experience and he coached NFL guys so he knows the expectations of NFL receivers," Butler said of Coach Morton. "He can help us out a lot, getting us ready for the NFL.

"Coach Morton came down here recently and we got to sit down and talk and go over the playbook and stuff like that.

"It's looking like I will just be running everything I can so I can be in whatever spot I need to be in to get on the field.

"The plan is just to go out there and do what I can and if that isn't good enough then I will just have to sit out a year, but I really don't want to do that. I want to get out there and do what I am supposed to do and hopefully get some playing time.

"Ultimately, I want to be a freshman All-American. That's my main goal. If I go out there, stay focused, and do what I am supposed to do, I don't see that being to far out of reach."

Butler has big gaols for himself and also high expectations for the Trojans in 2008.

"I talk to T.J. Bryant and D.J. Shoemate the most," said Butler, who was one of the main players in the Trojans recruiting class that was ranked 9th by Scout. "We always talk about coming out and showing that we are the best class of 2008.

"Everybody that I talk to wants it. Especially after I went to the UCLA game and was chilling with the guys they were just like, ‘we got to get to the national championship next year.' We are just focused on that and beating everybody on the schedule."

Butler will arrive on the USC campus June 19th and you can bet he will be working hard to make his lofty goals a reality.


Brice Butler makes the catch at the US Army All-American Game.

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