Jerald Butler was offered by Vanderbilt on July 19. Butler, a versatile player who could play point guard, shooting guard or small forward spoke about his relationship with Vanderbilt on Tuesday. Butler first heard from Vandy in June and wasn't recruited by Bryce Drew (at Valpo) before that time.
Butler, who transferred from Westminster Academy to Calvary Christian for his senior season, says Vandy wants to use him at the 1-3 positions. He just spoke with Drew and assistant coach Roger Powell on Monday.
"Coach Drew told me he loved the way I play, he loved my energy," said Butler. "He's seen me play and how much I impact the game. He's telling his plans in the future and how much they want me to visit and things like that."
Impacting the game is something Butler is pretty good at doing. Just ask Sagemont high school's team that last season was leading Westminster by 10 in the fourth period. Suddenly Westminster got a fast break and Butler drove to the basket with a 6-foot-10 opposing player in trail. As the 6-foot-5 Butler drove to the basket the much taller player made a valiant attempt to block the shot of the much shorter Butler. Butler, however, dunked the ball, inspiring his teammates who rallied to notch the victory.
Butler averaged nearly 20 points per game for Westminster while hitting 35 percent from three, 70 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line. He was selected first team All-State.
Is Vanderbilt among Butler's favorites?
"Of course," said Butler. "Vanderbilt is definitely in my favorites."
Butler, who says he plans on visiting Vanderbilt but hasn't set a date yet, was also recently offered by Butler University.
"I think Butler is a great fit as well," said Butler. "They actually want me at big guard, so that's big as well but really it's all about the right fit."
Additionally, Butler plans to visit TCU, La Salle, Temple, Virginia Tech and FGC, all have offered him. Some visits will be official and some will not. He said distance and cost of travel will be the deciding factor in whether or not he takes an official visit to a school, not how much he likes a school.
As for the type of school Butler is looking for he wants good academics and a place that can make him a better ball player and person.
"Somewhere where they are going to make me better because I want to get better and better every year," commented Butler. "Hopefully, if God's willing, I can make it to the league. That's my goal."
Butler, who is a Christian and enjoys music, talked about when he would make his college decision.
"I know I want to make my college decision and announce where I'm going before the season starts for my high school but I'm trying to shorten my list soon, somewhere in August," said Butler.
Whichever programs signs Butler will not only a fine player but also a sharp, focused young man. Stay tuned for more.