Recruiting Update: Butler (Defense)

Every year, the Butler Grizzlies have plenty of top prospects up and down their roster and this year is no different. spoke with defensive coordinator Tim Schaffner recently and he updated us on the status of players on both sides of the ball and today we take a look at the defensive side of the ball...

DE Demarcus Lawrence - Lawrence is a big, rangy athlete who has put up huge numbers the past two seasons for the Grizzlies. He has offers from several schools, but has turned his focus to South Florida, Boise State and Middle Tennessee and will make his decision sometime before December 21st which is the start of the mid-year signing period.

2011 Stats: 72 tackles, 19 tackles-for-loss, 12 sacks

DT Chaquil Reed - Reed had an offer from Kansas, but with the firing of coaching staff there, it is unclear whether he still has that offer, so things are still wide open for him. Reed is scheduled to graduate in May, so he still has the entire month of January to take visits and for schools to get in the mix for him.

2011 Stats: 40 tackles, 4 tackles-for-loss, 2 sacks

DT Roland Johnson - Johnson is a run-stuffing interior line prospect who has an offer from Minnesota and appears headed that way unless something changes.

2011 Stats: 32 tackles, 6 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks

DT Xavier Melton - The Purdue bounceback came to Butler because the Boilermaker coaches wanted him to switch to offensive tackle and he felt he was a defensive line prospect. This season Melton earned Second Team All-KJCCC honors and has several FBS and FCS programs looking his way.

2011 Stats: 13 tackles

DE Darrius McMullin - McMullin has an offer from Western Kentucky and will take a trip there this weekend. If all goes well, he is expected to end up there.

2011 Stats: 51 tackles, 4 tackles-for-loss, 4 sacks

LB Jeff Page - Page put up big numbers this year and has the instincts and athleticism to play all three linebacker spots. He was set to sign with Toledo and had a visit scheduled, but things have fallen through and he now is available again. His coaches feel he is a leader both on and off the field and while he won't wow you with his athleticism, he is a blue-collar type who works hard and has a great motor.

2011 Stats: 91 tackles, 4 tackles-for-loss, 4.5 sacks

CB Dyllon Knox - For his size, Knox is a physical corner who fills well against the run. Nicholls State likes him and they are trying to get him to visit and that could happen soon, but Knox has the ability to play at the FBS level.

2011 Stats: 45 tackles, 1 tackle-for-loss, 1 interception

CB Zach Miller - Miller is going to be a summer grad, so schools are holding off on offering, but schools from the Big 12, Big Ten, Pac 12 and SEC have all been by and shown interest in the talented DB. Most are waiting to find out how he does at the end of the semester before they offer, but he's got plenty of schools interested and a lot will offer if he gets his work done.

2011 Stats: 42 tackles, 4 tackle-for-loss, 6 interceptions, 5 passes defensed

S D.J. Wakes - Wakes is a talented safety prospect who could play at the FCS level, but he just hasn't gotten a lot of interest from schools at that level. He has a vistit to South Dakota scheduled for this weekend and is getting some heavy D-2 interest.

2011 Stats: 36 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception

S Dylan Schellenberg - Schellenberg had a very good season at safety for the Grizzlies this fall and has attracted quite a bit of small college interest and has visits to Missouri State (12/9) and Nicholls State (12/14) set up and has an offer from South Dakota State as well.

2011 Stats: 52 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 interception

S Cortez Webb - Webb is a talented prospect who had a very good season and has attracted attention from Missouri State who he is visiting this weekend as well as Indiana State who could be offering soon.

2011 Stats: 22 tackles, 3 interception

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