Linebacker Prospect Has WVU Atop List

Cedar Cliff's Verron Butts took in West Virginia's 42-24 win over Cincinnati last Saturday, and after his visit the outside linebacker prospect said the Mountaineers were now at the top of his list.

"My number one is West Virginia," Butts said after his trip to Morgantown. "I'm thinking about Akron and Michigan, too. Akron has offered me, and both West Virginia and Michigan are very interested."

The visit to West Virginia was the first one for Butts, who plays both running back and outside backer for Cedar Cliff.

"It was good," he said of the experience. "I think the stadium and everything around it was really nice. We took a tour and got to see everything around there. We got a chance to talk to the coaches, too. I talked with Coach Hand after the game, and we talked about some different things. He told me he hoped to see me at West Virginia."

Butts could be close to an offer from the Mountaineers – right now it appears to hinge on his academics.

"They told me I need to work on my SATs and get qualified, and then an offer might be there," Butts explained.

All of the schools on Butts' list are looking at him as an outside linebacker – the position he prefers.

"I like playing defense, because I like to hit and make the big hit," Butts said with delight. "I'm really into that. I'd much rather dish out the hits than take them."

At six feet, one inch and 205 pounds, and with a self-reported 4.4 40-yard dash time, Butts appears to have the tools to fit well into West Virginia's scheme at the outside backer position. The fact that he has played the spot throughout his high school career is another plus, as he should have at least a solid grounding in the fundamentals of play at linebacker.


Butts noted that the process of recruiting has been a trying one. However, the in person approach of West Virginia made an impression.

"A lot of schools have contacted me, and that makes it hard to pick a college," he said. "I got involved with West Virginia because I liked their team and the way they play. The coach that came up to my school (Bill Kirelawich) made it very interesting for me. His advice to me was very good, and I took that to heart. I decided to visit West Virginia and research it."

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Butts' Cedar Cliff team finished the season with a below .500 records, and he pinpointed one reason for the below-standard finish.

"We finished up 4-6. It was kind of disappointing, because we could have beaten some of the teams we played if we had all been together."

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