Plantation, Florida is a place that has produced many high level college football players over the years. Pitt fans, does the name HB Blades ring a bell? Pitt coaches are hoping that like Blades, Plantation HS wide receiver Dontavius Butler eventually wears a Pitt uniform.
Last night, WR coach Kevin Sherman offered Butler a scholarship to Pitt. Butler is a big wide receiver (6-2, 200) and has been praised for his physical play. He’s been known to level cornerbacks that attempt to jam him at the line.
Surprisingly NC State was Butler’s only Power 5 scholarship offer until last night when Pitt got involved.
“The Pitt offer was a blessing and they’re one of my top options for college. Even before the offer, I had them on my radar. The Pitt program is great and with their spread offense, it gives me a huge opportunity to be one of the best athletes to ever play college football”, said Butler. “Being underrated, it felt amazing knowing I’m getting ACC recognition.”
Coach Tim Salem spotted Butler awhile ago but recently Sherman got involved and after watching him practice yesterday, Pitt pulled the trigger.
“I knew that once I got the opportunity to show them my skill set in person, I wouldn’t let them down. Coach Salem had been telling his staff about me and then when Coach Sherman came to check me out he offered”, said Butler.
“They told me they you’re everything we want in a receiver and you’re in line to be a great wide receiver in the ACC!”
Butler told me that his #1 strength is his strength, “I’m able move defensive backs out-of-the-way as if they weren’t even there.” Butler says that he tries to pattern his game after Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant.
Despite being extremely high on Pitt, Butler won’t be making any quick decisions because the process isn’t nearly finished. However, he did say that he plans on checking out Pittsburgh soon.
“This time as a recruit could go either way depending on a players mindset. You can use this time to make to make yourself better and hopefully get more offers or you can sit around wishing they come and not work to improve yourself.”
Butler will obviously choose to work to get better. Time will tell if that hard work leads him to Pitt.