Butler's Mettenberger gets a fresh start

Coming out of high school, current Butler QB Zach Mettenberger (6-5, 250) was one of the top signal-calllers in the country and signed with Georgia thinking his future would be in Athens with the Bulldogs. However, an off-field issue resulted in a change in scenery and after three games with the Grizzlies he's showing he again can be considered a top D-1 prospect...

Mettenberger was a standout prep in Georgia and signed with the Bulldogs over offers from schools across the south as well as up and down the east coast.

"It was something I always wanted to do and it felt like the right decision," Mettenberger recalled to JCFootball.com recently. "I'm not really wanting to talk too much about what happened, but I made a bad decision and it wasn't as bad as what it was made out to be in the press, that's all I'll say.

"It's something I have to live with and move on and grow from and that's what I decided to do by coming to Butler which everyone knows is one of the best JC programs in the country."

In three games at Butler, Mettenberger has been outstanding, completing 63.5% of his passes for 728 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception while leading the Grizzlies to a 3-0 record including wins over Texas powerhouse Navarro as well as KJCCC rival Fort Scott.

"Getting back into it was fun," Mettenberger said. "We run a pro style offense with two-backs and a tight end and that really fits my style perfectly.

"I can move around in the pocket and I'm elusive enough, but I'm not a guy who will run the spread option and hurt you with my legs. I like to get the ball down the field and let my receivers and backs make the plays."

The way Butler handles recruiting, they don't really let their players deal with many schools or coaches until the first month of the season is completed, so Mettenberger admitted he was unsure which schools are really looking at him.

"I have an offer from LSU right now and they are the only school I know that is recruiting me," Mettenberger said. "When we can start talking to people in October, I'll know more then.

"I'm looking for a good situation for myself and a place that I can feel comfortable in. I'll find it, I'm not too worried about it right now."

Mettenberger is on pace to finish his AA degree in December and he'll have three years to play there wherever he ends up.

Here is a story from ESPN's Mark Schlabach detailing what happened with Mettenberger at Georgia.

Zach Mettenberger Scout Profile


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