Sometimes you need to make multiple evaluations on players to make certain that you've made a correct assessment of their abilities. One player who we knew immediately had star status written all over him was 2009 WR Marlin Butler of Southside High School.
Butler lined up primarily as a wide receiver and safety last season. He also spent a little time at running back as well where he ripped off a 99 yard touchdown run. New head coach Greg Porter wants to showcase Butler's abilities and plans on moving Butler all over the field in order to take advantage of his talents.
A few weeks ago Butler was one of the top performers at the Under Armour/Scout.com combine in Charlotte. He ran a strong 4.54 second 40 yard dash on a very slow field turf and leaped 9'4 in the standing broad jump. With it being his first combine experience Butler was somewhat unsure as to what was expected. With more training and added strength he intends to improve his already stout numbers. He has been timed in the 40 in the low 4.4 range and considering how slow the surface was during the combine those kinds of efforts were confirmed.
As of late Butler has seen his stock rise rapidly as numerous college coaches have been by Southside High School and contacting us here at SCPrepNation.com for more information about the dazzling athlete. Schools such as Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina, Newberry, Wofford, Charleston Southern, Stanford, and others have been making regular contact with Butler and his coaches.
In fact Butler just received his first scholarship offer from Newberry College. A short ride down I-26, Newberry has become a local school that has excelled in recent years along with the likes of Furman, Presbyterian, and Wofford. More and more players are taking longer looks at some of the smaller in-state programs as some have recently put some players in the NFL ranks while offering players some early playing time on top of a strong education.
Expect Butler to receive more attention as he plans on attending various camps throughout the summer in order to showcase his talents for specific teams showing interest. Along with that you can expect him to grab more scholarship offers. SCPrepNation.com will continue to bring you the latest news first right here so stay tuned.