Trip Report - Donald Butler

Dawgman.com was able to catch up with Donald Butler, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker from Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, Calif. to see how his official visit to Washington went. Butler has been verbally committed to the Huskies since September - would his official visit seal the deal once and for all? There were some other schools calling...

"There were a couple of other schools," Butler said. "Arizona called and told me that if I wanted to reconsider my commitment to Washington that there would be an offer for me. Cal and Oregon have been by the school to see how I'm doing, but I'm one-hundred percent sure in my commitment, so I told everybody that there was no need to keep coming at me. I'm going to Washington.

"I'm going to be a Husky."

Getting that out of the way, Butler went on to talk about the details of his official visit. "It went really good," he said. "I definitely enjoyed myself. I went up there with my Mom and I really had a great time. The part I liked the most was not only getting a chance to sit down and talk to Coach (Tyrone) Willingham but getting a chance to talk to all the coaches and interacting with all the players. And I got to watch film with my position coach, Coach (Chris) Tormey, the linebackers coach. And we went around the city, showed me around, showed me the campus even more."

Generally included in the prospects' tour of the Emerald City is a trip up the Space Needle. It didn't take too long for Butler to figure out the top of the needle was moving. "But I was kind of freaked out about it," he said. "I was like, 'What's going on?' (laughs)"

Chris Stevens was Donald's player-host. "He told me to come in ready to play," said Butler of Stevens' words of wisdom. "It's a whole 'nother level. Be sure that you're ready." Butler also met current players C.J. Wallace, Dashon Goldson, Erick Lobos, Stanley Daniels, Darrion Jones and Scott White during his visit.

Butler then went on to talk about the conversations he had with the coaches, specifically his position coach and the head coach. "He asked me which position I wanted to play," he said of his chat with Washington linebackers coach Chris Tormey. "I told him I didn't have a preference, but probably the MIK. That's the leader of the defense, knows every position on the defense and knows what the offense is doing too. That's the position I would want to play and he told me that's where he wants to see me."

And coach Willingham? "It was great, awesome," said Butler. "Anytime you get to sit down with Coach Willingham, it's an experience. He always has something new to say to you or tell you or explain to you. It's always something new."

But when Butler sent news of his commitment via mail to Willingham, that was a first. "That means a lot to me," he said.

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