Underscored Talent

Even with Wisconsin having plenty of talented cornerbacks at its disposal for the upcoming the season, the Badgers are still looking for top talent in the south, one of the main reasons they have shown early interest in Karl Butler.

NEW ORLEANS - Top-ranked cornerbacks and the Badgers typically don't mix. Under head coach Bret Bielema, the Badgers have inked 16 defensive backs and none were ranked higher than three stars or higher than 40th at their position.

Players like Antonio Fenelus, Aaron Henry and Jay Valai were not among those ranked players and prove that finding underrated talent in the south is a Badger specialty.

Karl Butler, a big lockdown cornerback from Brother Martin high school fits that criterion.

The standout corner that was a Second Team All-State selection and First-team All-Metro and All-District selection, Butler registered 23 tackles and four interceptions in leading his team to a 9-1 record and quarterbacked a defense that allowed less than 50 points this regular season.

"Our coaches said it was one of the best defensive team in school history," Butler said. "We are losing some major parts and some key players, but we have the talent to be just as good."

With a 4.55 40-time and benching 260 pounds, Butler has the tools to be that key player. Butler has a solid break on the football, which is proof by his 25 pass breakups last season and is agile enough (6-0, 175 pounds) to cause a receiver to be off his mark from the first step off the line of scrimmage.

"I am confident in my ball skills and I feel that my strength let's be more physical than the receivers I cover," Butler said. "I need to work on my tackling before (college) but I think my cover skills are (sound)."

At the New Orleans Scout.com Combine, an invite-only combine that brought in some of the best prospects in the region exclusively for Scout.com, Butler logged a 4.79 40-yard dash, 4.44 in the short shuttle, 32-0 in the vertical jump, 7.46 in the three-cone and 9-6 in the broad jump, decent numbers but numbers he knows can get better.

Butler plans to show off his abilities this summer, hitting multiple combines in hopes of boosting his resume and working on his speed and strength.

Currently, Butler has one offer, coming from Vanderbilt, and is getting high interest from SMU and moderate interest from Auburn, Connecticut, LSU, Mississippi State, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

"I sent film and have exchanged letters with Coach Cooks but I haven't been able to talk to them much because they are in spring football," said Butler. "They're showing some interest but right now it's just the letters and nothing real big."

Because of his track schedule, Butler has taken only one unofficial visit when he made the trip to Baton Rouge for LSU's junior day on Jan. 31. And like so many other Louisiana natives, Butler is looking to get the interest of the Tigers, which will basically write his own ticket.

"The harder I work, the more I will show LSU and other top schools that I have what it takes to play college football," Butler said. "Nothing is handed to you and I'm going to go out and work and earn some scholarships. Once I get LSU's attention, I'll get other people to notice me, too."


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