Not only did he need to change his reads and keys, Butler needed to adjust to one of the toughest positions on the defensive side of the ball. So how did the 6-1, 175-pound athlete from Gonzaga (D.C.) College HS have a season where he registered 46 tackles, 12 pass breakups, six interception and one return pick for a touchdown? Simple, he didn't change a thing.
"I play aggressively, and the fact that I'm a corner with my size speed and hips is hard to find and made for a tough matchup," Butler told Badger Nation. "I have great ball skills, I attack at the highest point and playing receiver and safety have helped my instincts and play recognition."
It's also has helped him reel in scholarships, as Butler is up to 12 offers after Wisconsin extended one Friday and Virginia this weekend following its junior day. For Butler, getting an offer from the back-to-back Big Ten champions validates that his decision to stick with his skills at cornerback was a smart one.
"The offer really gives me confidence in the way that I play," said Butler. "It's a big school and a school that is prestigious in football. It really gives me a boost."
Being recruiting by defensive coordinator Chris Ash and assistant coach Ben Strickland, Butler said he had been getting mail from the Badgers since the summer, but the talks had become more personal over the past month before Ash offered.
"I could see myself learning a lot from both of them," said Butler of his recruiting coaches. "Coach Ash said that I fit the mold of the new era of cornerbacks and that my aggressive and physical playing style fits what they want out of their corners at Wisconsin.
Butler is sitting on offers from Baylor, Boston College, Connecticut, Houston, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Virginia and West Virginia. His next planned visit is to Chapel Hill this weekend and then start to take spring visits to schools on his list.
One school he wants to see before starting to narrow his list is Wisconsin.
"I really want to visit and it should happen in either the spring or summer," Butler said. "Somehow, someway, I'll make it up to Madison for sure."