February 23, 2007

Kragthorpe offers Georgia star

Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe and his staff are ready to build on the success of the 2007 recruiting class, and they continue to pursue some of the top stars of 2008. Last week, Kragthorpe and assistant coach Greg Nord extended an offer to one of the top prospects in the Peach State.

Norcross High School (Norcross, Ga.) star wide receiver Brice Butler has more than a dozen scholarship offers thus far, and he is set to pick up more as he moves into his senior season.

When Cardinalsports.com caught up with him earlier this week, the talented prospect had just returned from an unofficial trip to Georgia Tech to watch them defeat Wake Forest in basketball. "I live like ten minutes away, and I know one of the guys on the team," Butler told us when we asked if he was a big Yellow Jacket fan.

"As far as visits, I took one to Georgia Tech and that's it so far," he added.

That is set to change in the coming months. "I'm taking visits in March and April," Butler remarked. "We're going to try and visit most of the West Coast schools first, so we don't have to fly around all the time later. I think we're going to the West Coast first and then head back to the East Coast."

Hawaii, San Diego State, Cal, UCLA, Oregon State, and Arizona State are some of the schools he may visit in the next couple of months. Butler added that he may visit some schools closer to him as well. Schools in the Southeast like LSU, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, and Louisville could also get visits from Butler this spring.

Butler seems interested in schools that pass the ball around, and the Cardinals figure to continue spreading the ball under Kragthorpe. "Louisville offered me early last week," he commented. "I called them and spoke to them about it. Coach Kragthorpe actually offered me, but I spoke to both Greg Nord and Coach Kragthorpe. They like my tape a lot and they said they can see me playing there."

What does he like about the Orange Bowl champions? "I would say the way they pass the ball," he answered. "They're in the Big East and a lot of the Big East likes to run the ball, but they pass the ball real well."

Butler is 6-foot-2 and 178 pounds. He runs a 4.59 forty-yard dash. As a junior, Butler caught 35 passes for 680 yards, and nine touchdowns.

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