Perhaps no Washington-area player has blown up more this offseason than Gonzaga junior cornerback Devin Butler, who is up to 15 scholarship offers. He visited North Carolina this past weekend and could be close to making his college choice, according to Eagles Coach Aaron Brady.
“He just sent me a text that he really liked UNC and about making a decision and how it works,” Brady said Monday morning. “I would think maybe in the next month? He wants to get it out of the way and get it over with.
“I think UNC, Michigan and Notre Dame are the leaders now. [Boston College] was the first to offer and he likes B.C., but the guy who was recruiting him for B.C. just left and went to Temple, Ryan Day.”
Butler, who is 6 feet 1 and 170 pounds, started at safety as a sophomore, then moved to cornerback this past season, making several big plays. He played occasionally at wide receiver and caught three touchdown passes, including a 47-yarder for the game-winning score in the season opener against McDonogh when he broke several tackles on a slant pattern. On defense, he intercepted seven passes.
“I knew he was very good, but I didn’t realize [it would be like this], even Alabama called,” Brady said. “There are not a lot of corners in this class and he’s 6-1 and can run. There are not a lot of 6-1 corners out there. Most guys who are 6-1 and they can catch, they want to play offense.”
Butler is not the only Gonzaga junior getting interest from college coaches. Brady said that tight end Scott Carpenter, wide receiver Brady Malone and wide receiver-safety Paris Person have been making unofficial visits and expects their recruiting to pick up.