May 30, 2007

Spring Spotlight: Brice Butler will be on the road Monday through Friday throughout the month of May. We will be visiting school after school to see some of the top prospects in the country go through spring practice. We will run the Spring Spotlight feature daily into June showing exclusive practice video, up close photos, and notes from practice. The prospect featured today is WR Brice Butler.

Prospect: Brice Butler

High School: Norcross (Norcross, Ga.)

Class: 2008

Position: Wide Receiver

Vitals: 6-2, 180-pounds, 4.6

Offers: Alabama, Florida, FSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, Southern Cal and others.

Favorites: Open

The Skinny in Recruiting: Butler comes from a football family and is the son of former FSU and Atlanta Falcon star Bobby Butler. His trainer has west coast connections and he is former Falcon receiver Stacey Bailey. He has good people around him, but he did not need their help in recruiting where he has over 30 scholarship offers. He is trying to narrow his list down by early summer and he may have his mind made up before his senior year begins. Some say the Trojans may be the team to beat. traveled over to Norcross to watch Butler participate in Spring practice. He has such a long body and polished game as a receiver and he showed why so many schools are after him.

Spring Practice Observations: Butler has a very long frame and when you look at him from a distance he appears to be around 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5. His legs are long and his arms are extremely long, so he plays much bigger than 6-foot-2. He knows the game and the position so well and when you combine that with his size, then it makes him very difficult to defend at receiver.

He showed great hands and the ability to snatch the football our of the air before the defensive back has a chance to make a play on the ball. He does a great job of selling the route, sinking his hips and keeping the defender guessing on where he is going next. Butler is not the fastest receiver, but he has good quickness and the ability to get separation. He is deceptively fast because of his long strides and his ability to glide across the field.

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