We caught up with Butler for an update and asked him about his current status and if he's still hearing from other programs. "Right now everything has kind of cooled down since the summer with my recruitment. Especially since the season has started. Right now Vanderbilt is pushing very hard, and Clemson maybe at the end."
While the Commodores and Tigers are still recruiting him they aren't the only programs still staying in close contact with Butler. "Vanderbilt, Furman, Newberry, Air Force, and Army all are still after me." We asked Butler if he's interested in hearing what other schools have to say. "Yes, I would like for more schools to continue to recruit me, I would like to consider myself as still open even though I'm committed to Duke."
With that being said we asked him what schools he'd most like to hear from since he's still wanting to be recruited. "I would like to hear from Georgia, Wake Forest, Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina State, Alabama, and other ACC and SEC schools. I like Tennessee a lot too."
"Yes, I will be visiting others to just make sure, cause I want to make the best choice for ME and my family."
Potential suitors should be aware of what exactly Butler is looking for when making a final decision about a college destination. "I think that they should first of all offer me and give me the chance to visit their campus. The most important factors would be the academic benefits as well as how they treat their football players. Also making me comfortable with being at the school basically!"
With the Rams off to a fast 2-0 start this season Butler spoke about their early success. "Our season is going along extremely well. We are 2-0 and our team is moving along the season with some momentum. My stats right now have been very good, I've got 13 pass breakups in 2 games, as well as 15 total tackles. I have 1 interception for a touchdown, and on the offensive side of the ball I have not really been used a whole lot because there's been no need with how good our running game is going with rushing over 250 yards in each game. Last week against BHP I caught two 3rd down catches for 57 yards with one of them being a 45 yard reception. Also in the return game teams will not even kick the ball to me! I have not returned one kick return all season. I have though returned 1 punt return against T.L. Hanna for 45 yards."
The most intense rivalry in Anderson County pits Butler's Rams against T.L. Hanna and in fact those two teams will play again this season. Butler talked about beating their archrivals for bragging rights in Anderson County during their first meeting. "Oh, it felt great to beat Hanna. There had been a lot of talk around Anderson about Hanna was going to beat us in a close game, but we knew we were the better team. Our sophmore quarterback proved a lot of people wrong, and I really feel we will get the best of Hanna in the two game series this year!"
With school just getting started a few weeks ago Butler says, "School right now is going very well, right now I'm just trying to get back in that having to go to school type of living and juggling football and school." Butler is a standout in the classroom as well with a 3.8 core GPA.
His senior season will be a busy one as he expects to be heavily involved in quite a few activities. "I know I will run track. I've been doing that since I've been in high school. I'll be continuing to run hurdles, sprint, and jump, but I'll just try to enjoy my senior year before I leave to the next level! But I'll be involved in many other things/clubs this year at school."
The schedule won't get any easier for Westside as they have a some of the state's toughest teams still to face. Also one out of state opponent remains on the slate for the Rams. Butler spoke about the Rams upcoming schedule. "Right now we have some big games left on our schedule. One will be the game we have in Nashville, Tennessee against the Brentwood Academy. Greenwood is also left and is always a game to watch. We owe them for knocking us out the playoffs last year. The Laurens game cause our teams always battle it out. Last of all its got to be T.L. Hanna again. Brentwood will have to be the biggest game since we playing an out of town team."
Now that he's still open to being recruited we asked Butler what else he wanted to share with those coaching staffs who are looking for more 2008 prospects. "I just want to let all coaches and colleges know that I'm still open, and if they need some additional highlight tapes or whatever please get in contact with me. Also I would like coaches to know I'm willing to play on either side of the ball. Also that I know I can be a dangerous return guy for somebody, so keep me in mind."
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