Patrick Butrym comes from an athletic family.
His father was a member of the 1977 Marquette basketball team, who went on to win the national championship. His mother played tennis.
Patrick will lead his own path, though, in becoming a member of the Wisconsin Badger football team next fall.
"Growing up, I was a fan of Notre Dame and Wisconsin," Butrym informed Badgernation.com.
"It was my dream to play at either one of the schools, but Wisconsin was even better because it was my home state."
"I went to my first Badger game my sophmore season, and then that summer I attended their football camp," Butrym said.
Attending the Badger's football camp in the summer of 2005 gave Butrym an opportunity to make an early impression with offensive coordinator Paul Chyrst.
"I worked out with the tight end's, and Coach Chryst stressed how important the little things were. He was real particular with everyting I did, from my route running to gettting off jams to making good out cuts. He stressed to dip, rip, and attack to allow yourself to get to the second level," Butrym stated.
Butrym then put his focus on his junior season, and in the transition of watching Bret Bielema replace Barry Alvarez, there wasn't much interaction with the Badgers.
It was shortly after Signing Day last February that Butrym began to receive coorespondence from the Badgers once again.
"I started receiving mail, and Coach (Bob) Bolstad invited me to come over to their spring game. Wisconsin told me that I'd need to come to their camp again to earn an offer, but they were pretty interested," Butrym stated.
In addition to attending the Badger's camp for a second time, Butrym made the decision he would also be a first-time visitor to other camps across the country, including Boston College, Minnesota, Duke, and Illinios. Both Duke and Minnesota extended scholarship offers.
"Wisconsin was the last camp I attended, and I came into it pretty nervous," added Butrym, who holds a 3.5 GPA and scored a 22 on the ACT.
"I started out working with the tight ends, and then they asked me to work with the defensive ends. I got the chance to go up against Josh Ogelsby. I was pretty pleased with my effort, and I got the chance to work with a lot of different coaches."
"After the camp, Coach Bielema told me he thought I was a little quicker, and he appreciated how much of a hard worker I am. He thought I had good ball skills, quick hands, a quick first step, played physical, and was not afraid to put my nose in the action," Butrym said.
Following the camp, Butrym received a text message from Bielema stating, "Hope you can be a Badger, paper is in the mail."
"My father was working in London, though, so I wanted to wait for him to come back before I made any type of decision," said Butrym, who plans to major in business marketing or law.
"We took a visit over there on July 15th, and we were extremely impressed. We were given a tour of the facilites, and got the chance to meet with an academic adviser.
"When I realized that you are only off six weeks a yaer from division one football, I knew I wanted to be close to my family. Coach Bielema runs a real family oriented program, and it was hard to turn down. He is very charismatic, and is great with his kids," Butrym concluded.
This season, in nine games, Butrym recorded 21 receptions for 300 yards and three touchdowns. He also recorded eight sacks on defense.