Westside High School CB Lee Butler has quickly emerged as one of the fastest rising prospects in the Palmetto State for the 2008 class. Butler gave us a call and he shared with us all the details regarding his recruitment currently, his offseason workouts, schools he's waiting to hear from, and even a favorite early on in the process.
Recently Butler attended and tested at the Shrine Bowl Combine in Columbia, SC. Already on the recruiting map before the combine in the state's capital it was there that he upped the ante running one of the fastest 40 times in the state so far in the class of 2008. Butler talked about his performance and said, "I had a really good combine. I ran a 4.3 flat in the 40 during my first run hand timed and then I ran a 4.32 the second time. That should show the scouts and coaches that I have legit 4.3 speed. I also had a 36 inch vertical although it wasn't my best (38 inches is his personal high). I also benched 185 pounds for 10 reps."
College programs across the southeast have taken notice as he's hearing from a wide array of schools. "Right now I'm hearing from Duke, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Virginia, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Marshall, Furman, and Air Force." A few of those schools have already extended Butler scholarship offers. "Yes sir I have three offers. I've got offers from Furman, Air Force, and Duke right now. I think Vanderbilt is really close to offering too. They said when I come up to camp that if I do pretty well they'll offer me there. Most schools are recruiting me as an athlete."
The Westside Ram says that Duke and Vanderbilt have been the flooding him with attention on a regular basis but there are still other schools that he'd like to hear from. "I'd like to hear from Georgia, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech. I really like those schools but I haven't heard from them at this point." Clemson DB coach Vic Koennig has also made it a point to stay in contact with Butler. "He says that I'm among the top five on his board right now." Given Butler's size and tremendous speed to close on the ball when in the air you can expect those programs to take a long hard look at what he brings to the table.
Lee also recalled for us his fondest memory to this point on the gridiron for the Rams. "My best game ever was probably during my sophomore year. I wasn't even starting back then but I came in and helped my team win a 4 overtime game against Boiling Springs High. I actually scored the game winning touchdown on a sweep to the endzone."
When it comes to his abilities Lee says there are a few things that he believes are the key elements of his game. "I'd have to say my speed is one of my biggest strengths on the field. I'm also very aggressive and I love to make the big hit each time if I can." To stay sharp and fine tune his game Butler has been working hard after the season to try and take his game to another level. "I've been running a lot of hills, working on my route running, and really trying to work on my defensive back skills. I've been working on my speed and footwork with different drills too."
To this point Lee hasn't taken any visits but that all will change very soon. "I have a list and I'll try to visit most of the schools I mentioned before. I know I go to North Carolina on June 2nd and Vanderbilt on June 3rd, it's going to be a long trip but I want to try and spend one day at each school to check things out.
A standout in the classroom as well Butler currently has a 3.8 GPA. "I've got qualifying scores on my SAT and ACT but I plan on taking them both again to improve them." He also is a member of the National Honor Society, was elected into Who's Who Of American High School Students, and is currently ranked in the top 15 of his class.
A college decision will be thoroughly analyzed and he shared with us the things that will matter most when it comes time to make that decision. "I will probably make my decision about the time the season starts next year. To me it'll be about how good the academics are, my comfort level not only with the football team and staff but with the school overall. I want to be in a good atmosphere and surroundings with the campus and football stadium. I want to be somewhere that makes me feel good inside and where people really make me feel welcome."
SCPrepNation.com will have frequent updates with Westside CB Lee Butler as his stock continues to soar. Expect more offers in the near future for the superb student-athlete.
A Closer Look At....Lee Butler
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Westside CB/WR Lee Butler
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