High Marks from Butler

Gonzaga (D.C.) three-star cornerback Devin Butler doesn't know all the schools that will make up his top six, but he does know the University of Wisconsin is in the mix after an eye-opening two-day visit that wrapped up Wednesday.

MADISON - With his dad taking pictures all around the stadium and him intently watching Wisconsin's third spring practice, Gonzaga (D.C.) three-star cornerback Devin Butler could honestly say the University of Wisconsin was much different than he anticipated.

"It surprised me a lot," Butler told Badger Nation. "I hadn't expected such a priority in football. Everybody was so nice and welcoming. I felt like part of the team already."

Butler - a 6-1, 185 pounds - got to experiencing everything the program had to offer – getting a tour of the facilities, presentations of the new practice complex and got to meet or eat with defensive coach Ben Strickland, defensive coordinator Chris Ash (who is Butler's recruiting contact) and head coach Bret Bielema.

"Coach B is a great man," said Butler. "He's very passionate and caring about the game and the guys he coaches. He really connects with the players on so many levels."

Just as important, Butler got to meet with some academic advisors that put his and his family's minds to rest.

"The academic staff makes it (so) hard for you to fail (that) it's funny," Butler said.

Staying over Tuesday night, Butler stayed with cornerbacks Devin Gaulden and Darius Hillary to get the feel of what a typical weeknight is like on campus.

"We really just chilled in the dorms and I got to see what it's really like on campus if I would go there," Butler said. "It was a lot of fun."

Butler has over 20 scholarship offers and with offers from the likes of Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Penn State, he hopes to have at least a top six in the coming weeks. He knows at least one school that will be in the mix.

"(Wisconsin) rank(s) high," said Butler. "I always had a special place for Wisconsin in my heart and now after seeing Camp Randall, I know why people go there and don't leave."

Butler, who registered 46 tackles, 12 pass breakups, six interceptions and one return pick for a touchdown., is heading to Notre Dame this week, will be in Michigan for its spring game on April 14 and hopes to come back to Wisconsin for the Badgers' spring game.

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