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Looking at their offers for the Class of 2019, it’s obvious that the Pitt football staff sees the state of Ohio as a place with a ton of talent.
A couple of days ago, the Panthers extended an offer to Toledo defensive end Cavon Butler (6-foot-3, 267 pounds) from Whitmer High School.
This was a big deal for Butler because it’s his first offer from a Power 5 school.
“I found out I got the offer at school. My school got me out of class and got me on the phone and that’s when Pitt (Archie Collins) told me that I had an offer. They told me that they really liked everything about my game. I’m a defensive end and am a really good pass rusher but I’m even better at stopping the run,” said Butler.
Butler tells PSN that the Pitt offer wasn’t a surprise because they’ve been recruiting him since his sophomore season.
“I just knew that I had to get my act and my academics in order before anything could happen and I’ve been doing better in school.”
As Butler mentioned, he needed to work on his academics before any school felt comfortable making an offer to him. With his grades in order, I asked him what it meant to him to finally get that first major offer.
“The first thing I thought, and I always think this, but that God is good and anything can happen if you put your mind to it. I could’ve easily gave up after my freshman and sophomore year but I kept fighting and I was rewarded for it,” said Butler.
“I first told my grandfather because that’s who I live with and then talked with my mom, who was very excited and jumpy. My grandpa just said that all the hard work that I’ve been putting in paid off.”
When I asked Butler what stood out to him about Pitt, he said he really liked that they play at Heinz Field because you instantly get NFL exposure.
Butler also tells PSN that right after getting the offer, he’s talking with his grandfather about a date to come visit Pitt. He expects that visit to be within the next couple of weeks.
The Ohio native isn’t close to making a decision but when he is, it’s likely Pitt will be a school he seriously considers.
“The fact that Pitt offered first will always be in the back of my mind and that they were the first big school to take a chance on me.”