July 17, 2007

Two weeks notice

It has been noted that new Sun Devil coach Dennis Erickson and his staff were going to target what they felt were the top targets in the country, regardless of geographic location. In an effort to find a top playmaker at the wide receiver position, the staff has ventured into traditional SEC and ACC country.

Norcross (Ga.) High School standout Brice Butler seemingly has an offer from the majority of the top programs from across the country. Arizona State, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Penn State and Southern Cal are just some of the schools that have offered rivals.com's No. 12 rated wideout.

Although the Sun Devils haven't had signed a prospect from the Peach State in recent memory, don't count them out of the race against some of college football's big hitters.

"I visited [ASU] earlier [this year]," Butler said. "It's definitely a nice place, the city is nice, and the people are nice. Coach Erickson is going to turn the program around and shape them into a good team."

Butler was very busy throughout the summer, visiting other favorites such as Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Penn State, USC, and LSU. After visiting some of his early favorites, Butler began to realize what he was looking for in a college program.

"Most importantly, I want to go somewhere where I feel best at," Butler said. "I want to be comfortable, and playing time is important to. I'm also looking at the coaches at each school, the atmosphere of the campus, and the game-day experience."

The No. 66 overall prospect on the Rivals100 is looking to make a decision in two weeks.

"I am going to announce on August 1st," Butler said. "Even though I don't have any favorites, Arizona State is definitely in my top five. Location is not a factor for me. I'm just looking for the best place."

It appears as though the Sun Devil staff has made a very strong impression on the 6-foot-2, 178 pound speedster.

"Coach (Al) Simmons is recruiting me," Butler said. "He is real cool. We just kid around a lot when we talk. We have a lot of long conversations. Coach Erickson is real cool too."

Last season as a junior, Butler hauled in 35 passes for 680 yards and nine scores. He is expecting big things from his teammates in the fall.

"If we don't win the state championship, there's a problem."

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