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UPDATE, April 5: Devin Butler talks about committing to Notre Dame

Gonzaga cornerback Devin Butler spent the first part of spring break on a week-long tour of five Midwestern colleges. Now, the top junior prospect is back in town, resuming workouts and ready to announce his college choice on Wednesday. He is believed to have narrowed his choices to Maryland, Penn State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Northwestern.

“I just wanted to announce it on my own terms,” said Butler, who is 6 feet 1 and 180 pounds. “Some people say to wait until your birthday, but then everybody would want to do interviews on my birthday. I wouldn’t want that.”

Butler burst onto the scene this offseason, receiving 21 scholarship offers. His parents rented a car last week for a midwestern college tour. Butler said distance would not play a factor in his decision.

“I loved all the places [on the trip] really,” Butler said. “They were all great – coaches were great, players were great campuses were great. I loved them all.

“Michigan was a lot of tradition. They had a swagger in the way they presented their program to me. I liked that a lot. Michigan State was more laid back. They said, ‘We’ll let our record do our speaking for us and our wins.’ Northwestern, it was, ‘You’ll get a great education and we’re up and coming.’ Which they are. Wisconsin was the same as Michigan State, ‘Let our record speak for us.’

“Notre Dame, that speaks volumes for itself. It’s Football Country, U.S.A., really, with everything around. So much tradition, not only with football but also the school itself. They all were great and had something different to bring to the table.”

Butler 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, returning one for a touchdown.

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