Expectations are high in the Butler househould. We're talking about 2009 Westside CB/RB/ATH Lex Butler. You see Lex just finished his junior season and had a great year. Older brother Lee Butler also had a huge season culminating in a Shrine Bowl selection and signed on Signing Day with the Duke Blue Devils. Both brothers excel on the football field but also in the classroom. Lex embarks on finishing up his junior year and preparing to make a bigger splash on the recruiting front by making some camp and combine visits this offseason. He sat down with SCPrepNation.com to give us update on it all.
Lex has made two visits in the past month or so. "I went to South Carolina the Saturday before the Super Bowl. This past Saturday I went to Clemson for their spring practice." The 2009 prospect talked a little bit about both in-state programs. "With South Carolina I liked the coaches. I like coach Spurrier. He's a good coach. I really didn't get a chance to talk too much with them but they showed us a lot of film about how they do things. I didn't really see anything new because I've been there before but they did show us the plans for the new facilities they are going to have next year. I think it was very good."
"With my trip to Clemson I went to visit the weight room and the strength coach talked to us. I went over to the West End Zone and we ate. It was really nice. I talked to my recruiter Brad Scott and then went to the locker room. We met up with our position coach and I talked to Vic Koennig a little bit. They want to evaluate me before they offer or anything. They have requested my tape earlier this year."
Having made visits to the two in-state powers we asked Butler just who he's been hearing from the most lately. "Pretty much all of the ACC and SEC schools. I've been hearing from a lot of the Ivy League schools and most of the Southern Conference schools too."
One team many have speculated about are the Duke Blue Devils. With obvious ties considering that older brother Lee will be playing there next season where do the Blue Devils stand at this point? "I think they will offer me. They seem pretty interested. I've talked to a couple of the coaches. Coach McIntyre the defensive coordinator and coach Jones the defensive backs coach, coach Montgomery the wide receivers coach and coach Cutcliffe the head coach."
We talked earlier about the high expectations in the Butler household. Is there any pressure from big brother to join him in Durham? "Really he's just kinda letting me do it on my own, the whole recruiting process. He hasn't really said too much to me about it all when it comes to Duke. He's helped me getting my highlight tapes out and things like that."
Currently Lex says, "I'm open to anybody who wants to recruit me right now." The 2009 prospect played primarily as a defensive back last season but he may be returning to an old position he played previously as well. "I will be seeing plenty of time on the offensive side of the ball as well next year. Most definitely. I usually play a little receiver but I may be playing a good bit of running back this year too." Asked about his experience as a running back he responded, "Yes sir I've played the position plenty of times. Ever since varsity though I've played mostly receiver and defensive back. Before that I was a running back."
Lex has added 5 pounds of muscle to his frame weighing in at 165 pound currently on his 5'10 frame. The Westside star awaits his first scholarhip offer but a solid showing on the camp/combine circuit could change all of that.
For now he continues to perform extremely well in the classroom. Lex has a 3.95 core GPA with a 4.619 overall GPA. He currently ranks 18th out of 363 students in his graduating class.
That strength in the classroom will play a major factor in Butler's decision making process he says. "I'd have to say probably first off it'll be education. Coaching staff would be second. Third would be location. I would probably like to stay within 6 hours or so of home."
SCPrepNation.com will continue to bring you the very latest regarding 2009 CB Lex Butler as his recruitment continues on.