As you know by now, Plantation HS (Fla.) wide receiver Dontavius Butler gave a verbal commitment. Really this is something that’s been in the works for months. From the moment Pitt assistant Tim Salem offered Butler a scholarship, he seemed to be a Pitt lock.
This is a good commitment for Pitt for one big reason, they were able to land a player from a talent rich part of Florida. For all the time and effort the Pitt staff has put into recruiting that state, it’s important to be rewarded. Butler is now the 2nd verbal commitment in the Class of 2017 (Albert Tucker).
Butler is a big, physical wideout who most people feel hasn’t even come close to reaching his full potential. A few minutes ago, I was able to contact Butler’s offensive coordinator, Mario Perez, to get his reaction to his star pupil joining Pitt.
“Dontavius is physically and socially mature player that is committed and dedicated to the process of being the best he can become. He has great intangibles and is very intelligent,” said Perez.
Since he know Butler better than anyone, I asked him for Butler’s biggest strength on the field.
“His best strength is his character. Yes, he has great physical strength and plays with great intensity, but his best attribute is his character. One other thing about Dontarius, he has great hands. He doesn’t catch the ball, he snatches it,” said Perez.
“Dontavius’ better days are ahead of him because his work ethic won’t let him settle for where he is at today. Tomorrow is yet another goal or opportunity for him to improve.”
Year in and year out, South Florida delivers a ton of talent to various D-1 programs and Perez has coached and coached against plenty of talent, does Butler remind Perez of anyone?
“Dontavius is unique. He is made out of his own mold but he reminds me of Micheal Irvin,” said Perez.
“The only other thing about Dontavius you should know is that he is as special a person as he is an athlete.”
It sounds to me like Pitt just got themselves a pretty good player!