It did not matter what other schools offered him because after just one visit to Madison, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound tailback, from George Washington High School in Philadelphia, fell in love with campus, the stadium and the thought of playing in front of the Badger diehards.
As much as he can't wait to don the cardinal and white for Wisconsin, Badger fans will be excited to see him perform as well.
The nifty high school senior has the speed and vision to remind some of past Badger tailbacks such as Michael Bennett and Anthony Davis and the Badger recruit has his eyes set on breaking the school, and NCAA, rushing record.
Badger Nation: What was your visit to Wisconsin like?
Jerry Butler: "I was in Madison between Dec. 10 -12. They showed us a tour of the stadium, how the team was doing and they showed us what their every day life was like and I think that was one of the best things because it showed us how it is all day, everyday, not just on a special day."
BN: What are you most proud of from your prep career? What are your fondest memories?
JB: "At the Valley Ford combine, I ran a 40 in 4.19. The first time I ran it, I ran a 4.35 and the college coaches were looking around like ‘yeah, whatever he didn't just run that slow.' So the coaches asked if I'd want to do it again and I said yeah and ran a 4.19. They were all looking in amazement and it was so good to see the hard work paid off. To see the coaches' faces, it was just so funny. That was memorable and so was winning the championship too. We had lost the previous two years to the same team and four times in a row total to the same team and finally beating them in the semifinals before the championship, it was a highlight."
BN: Do you have an academic discipline in mind for college?
JB: "My first year, I plan on going undecided, just to get the feel for college. Then whatever comes to mind, I'll choose what my major will be."
BN: I know you mentioned you also had interest in Nebraska, but were there any other schools you visited other than Wisconsin?
BN: When do you plan on arriving in Madison?
JB: "I'll probably come up early in the summer time, work out with the players. I really want to get an early start, so I'll probably be there at the beginning of July, if not earlier."
BN: Which coach recruited you for Wisconsin? What did they say to you and what is your relationship like?
JB: "It was Coach [Brian] White. When I first got to meet him, my senior year, he said, ‘I've seen a lot of film about you, heard a lot of great things about you and Wisconsin is going to offer you a full scholarship in the fall, what do you think about that?' I said I'd like that a lot and he came a few more times for visits and just talked to me. Talked about the games, how the team was doing and really just asked me how things were going. Normal conversations to see how my family was doing, how my grades were and other stuff."
BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year at UW? Did White or Barry Alvarez mention that at all to you?
JB: "I don't anticipate sitting out my first year, but if the coaches ask me, it depends on the situation and how it comes up, then I'll keep it in consideration. But I'm willing to do whatever the coaches ask."
BN: What are your goals for your Badger career both for this year and in seasons to come?
JB: "To be the best running back to go through Wisconsin. I want to get Ron Dayne's record and hopefully the coaches just make me a better player and person."
BN: What are you most looking forward to at Wisconsin?
JB: "To play in that big, wonderful stadium. I really can't wait to come out of that tunnel as a Badger and to be next to Coach White and everybody also screams together and calling out the cheers of Wisconsin."
BN: Growing up, did you follow any players or model yourself on any running backs?
JB: "I've always liked Corey Dillon and Marshall Faulk. I watch them quite often. I really like Corey Dillon, but I think of myself as more of a Marshall Faulk-type running back. But I don't really key in on being like any particular player. I'm going to be my own player."
BN: What do you anticipate doing in 10 years?
JB: "I don't know. I might be playing in the big leagues, but it's rare for that. If that comes, that comes. Whatever my heart is set out to do, I'll do."