DE Matthew Butler of Garner, NC is spending this week in Spartanburg practicing with the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team. At the same time, he’s giving more thought to his college decision. Six schools have been on his list for weeks…USC, Tennessee, NC State, Duke, Penn State and Texas A&M.
But Wednesday night Butler admitted that, at least privately and in his own mind, he’s focused on only three or four schools.
“This week I’ve had some time to myself to just think and get some perspective from various sources,” Butler said.
Butler said he’s been hearing from USC coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson via text or phone on daily basis. He said their message is coming across consistent with what they’ve been selling him throughout the recruiting campaign.
“They have defensive minded coaching and developing, and a young team that has potential to be a good team in the SEC,” Butler said. “I’ve met their academic support staff and they know what they are doing.”
Butler said he’s heard from all six schools on his list this week as well as some new schools that haven’t been recruiting him but have new staffs.
Butler is scheduled to announce his decision at his school December 21st and he doesn’t want to wait until the 11th hour to make the decision.
“I feel like there are certain aspects and analysis of the schools that get me closer and closer every day,” he said. “My parents have told me they are comfortable with what I do regardless of what it is.”
And does he have a favorite in his mind at this point?
“Maybe one or two,” Butler said. “Maybe.”
Butler has taken official visits to Duke, Penn State, NC State and Texas A&M and if he chooses one of them he won’t take his fifth visit in January. But if he chooses USC or Tennessee, he will take that final visit to that school.
This season Butler recorded 90 tackles with 26 sacks, 25 tackles for loss and 32 quarterback hurries.