For the Duke Blue Devils it appears it will be "Butler Times Two" as 2009 CB Lex Butler informed SCPrepNation.com that he gave the Blue Devils a verbal commitment yesterday. Lex has worked tremendously throughout his career on the field and in the classroom and will take his talents to Durham next season where he'll join big brother Lee Butler who is a freshman at Duke.
"It feels great!" Butler told us. "It's a big relief because I can focus on my senior season now. I will be helping out with recruiting for the Blue Devils too. I got the good news about RB Desmond Scott commiting today too."
Lex explained how it all went down for him yesterday. "I called Coach Jones once. I called him back after I talked things over with my parents first. When I called him back he started talking to me and was getting me pumped up but I had already made up my mind. He gave the phone to coach Cutcliffe and I told him that I actually called to give a verbal commitment. He was pumped up about it and he said he can't wait for me to get up there. He gave me of having a Butler-Butler secondary in the near future for Duke. I also spoke with coach McIntyre who is the defensive coordinator for Duke too afterwards."
The 2009 prospect said he visited the campus in Durham in late June on a Saturday when older brother Lee reported to school. He went back up the following Monday afternoon with his father to get another look at the school and campus.
Butler showed his toughness this offseason by attending and testing at the Under Armour/Scout.com combine in Charlotte despite having a nagging hamstring injury. Nontheless he still put forth a strong effort impressing coaches and analysts alike running the event. That injury though is a thing of the past Butler says. "I'm 100% now. I'm back on the field and playing in all of the 7 on 7's. I'm going to the gym everyday lifting to get stronger, especially my hamstring. I'm making them a lot stronger so there won't be any injuries this season hopefully."
That work in the weight room was on display as we noticed more muscle tone and thickness to Lex's frame while in Charlotte. "Yes sir, my maxes are all up so far. I won't max out on the bench press until tomorrow but it was 275 when school ended but I'm hoping for at least 285 now. I squat 365 pounds and power clean 245 pounds."
With the commitment we had to ask Lex just how big brother felt about continuing to play football as a family on the next level. "I can't really talk to him about it yet. I'm sure he's happy pretty much to have me on the team. He's always told me in the past to go ahead and commit but I told him that I wanted to wait a bit before I did." The decision to attend Duke also handled another dilemma that was facing the Butler family. "One other factor is that really pushed it through was having family members coming to see us play and having one half here and the other half there if I was to commit to a different school. This way they can see us both play at the same time. So it's easy on them too."
Lex also wanted to share something for the Duke Blue Devil fans out there as well. "I'm going to do my best to help turn the program around and hopefully make history. I want to help make the Duke athletic program known for more than just basketball but for both football and basketball!"
SCPrepNation.com and Scout.com will continue to track Lex Butler's progress as he prepares to embark on his senior season so keep it dialed in right here!