The Pitt football program received a commitment from Plantation (FL) American Heritage wide receiver Dontavius Butler (6-foot-2 inches, 197 pounds). Although Butler had received scholarship offers from North Carolina State, Temple, Toledo, Appalachian State, Florida Atlantic, Fresno State, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and Middle Tennessee State, the Panthers have been in the driver’s seat for his services for several months. Butler is the second wide receiver to join Pitt’s class of 2017 joining Bethlehem (PA) Liberty’s Darian Street.
Butler has been ranked a three-star prospect by the major scouting services and he’s capable of running a 4.55 forty-yard dash. He’s known as a physical receiver with tremendous blocking ability. American Heritage was primarily a run-based offense and he was given a tremendous amount of opportunities to showcase his skills. The coaching staff will be providing him many more opportunities his senior year to showcase his talents. Dontavius has stated that he had a ‘family like’ bond with his lead recruiters, Pitt tight ends coach Tim Salem and wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman.
Butler is the 10th player to join the Panthers’ 2017 football recruiting class.
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