Adam Butler talks official visit

Vanderbilt has put together one of the most impressive collection of offense line recruits for their class of 2012. Adam Butler, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound tackle, was in Nashville during the weekend with his parents to take his official visit. They flew in from Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport on Friday.


"It was excellent," Adam Butler said of the visit. "So much happened it's hard for me to even remember it all.

"When we got there Coach (Herb) Hand and Coach Franklin were there to meet us at the airport. That really blew me away. Then I got to the hotel, and there was a box on my bed with a huge cookie in it. It was the best cookie I've ever tasted."

A majority of the Vanderbilt recruiting class of 2012 were on campus for a chance to get to know each other better. One of Butler's highlights of the weekend came when they entered Memorial Gymnasium together.

"We went to see the basketball team play Mississippi State," Butler said. "Everybody in the gym was screaming and shouting at us. They knew who we were and why we were there. I went around giving everyone a high five."

Butler was hosted by Joe Townsend, who was the Commodores' backup center as a true freshman.

"Joe treated me real well," Butler said. "He introduced me to a lot of the current players. Since it was all guys who have committed we got to hang out a lot and bond with one another. There was one guy who hadn't committed named Chris Moody. When we were all at the Wildhorse Saloon he ended up committing too."

Butler had been recruited to Vanderbilt by Wesley McGriff, now at Ole Miss. The Commodores didn't miss a beat with Butler, largely in part with his relationship with Coach Herb Hand.

"I love Coach Hand," said Butler of his future position coach. "We had a great conversation. He told me the academics can be as hard or as easy as I want them to be. If I work hard and study every day there shouldn't be any problem."

At 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Butler and his parents flew back to their home in suburban Dallas.

"My Mom and Dad both loved it," Butler said of the visit. "We went to some great restaurants. I had the best steak dinner with blueberry cheesecake for dessert while I was there. Now I got to work it off because I'm trying to improve my speed before I get up there this summer."

Butler made First Team All-District (Texas District 5-5A) as a senior at Duncanville High School.

His high school will have a ceremony for him on signing day in the school's athletic weight room facility.

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