The Butler did it

What exactly did Jerry Butler do? He ran the fourth fastest forty time at the Nike Combine at Penn State. Then, days later while competing in the F&B Combine at Valley Forge, he ran a 4.25. All of the coaches were in disbelief, so Butler ran it again at 4.19 (hand-timed). Needless to say, his week of workouts has paid dividends and put this Butler on the map.

Running back Jerry Butler (5-foot-9, 175, 4.3) of George Washington High School in Philadelphia, Pa. led the Eagles to a 10-2 record in the Philadelphia Public League and a runner-up finish in the title game. The fast and diminutive Butler rushed for 1,295 yards and 15 touchdowns. He had 115 yards receiving in 2003. What may make Butler even more dangerous is his big play capability on special teams as he returned one kickoff for a score and took four punts to the house. His play earned him first-team All-City and All-Public honors.

Several schools have stopped in recently to check out Butler including Wisconsin, Temple, Syracuse, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Minnesota. Jerry has verbal offers from Wisconsin, Temple, Kent State, and Villanova. There are six teams that Butler likes right now: Wisconsin, USC, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Minnesota.

Are there any parts of your game that need improvement?

"I need to work on my blocking," Butler said.

What are the strengths of your game?

"My speed, agility, and I have natural field vision," he said

What are your goals heading into 2004?

"To focus on my studies. I want to improve as a player, help my team do better. I also want to get up to around 185 pounds," Butler said.

Do you watch and study any NFL running backs?

"Marshall Faulk. He can run, catch, and block. The only thing that contains him is himself. I like Corey Dillon, also. He has great vision, power, and speed," Butler said.

Do you run track?

"I did as a sophomore. I was a sprinter. I was All-City, All-Public, and All-State. I gave it up to focus on football," he said.

What particular criteria will you base your selection on?

"I want a quality education," Butler said. "I want to be at a school that has a smaller staff to student ratio. I want to go somewhere I'm going to have a chance to play at."

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