Feb. 1, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly speaks at a press conference for national signing day at the Guglielmnio Athletics Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Prospect Evaluation: Notre Dame Commitment Devin Butler

After committing April 4th of last year he hasn’t wavered at all on his commitment. He just took his official visit on December 7th and he was blown away by the experience he had. Many of the three star recruits will commit early to ensure they have a spot in the recruiting class. Many three star prospects get overlooked in recruitment ranking because of their school size, league competition, and lack of promotion of the athlete. Butler isn’t nationally ranked as a player according to rivals, but from the tape I have seen he looks like he could contribute by his sophomore or junior year. I would count on his as a special teams guy at first, but he will probably be a defensive back when playing a set position. Butler is a very raw athlete that has some very good skills, but many skills need to be polished before he will be ready for college football.


Devin Butler stands at 6’1’’ 179 pounds and runs a 4.64 40 yard dash and does have a vertical of 37 inches. This guy is just a pure athlete and is slated to play defensive back, but that could change throughout his career at Notre Dame. Wide receiver is also an option based on what happens and how he performs. His relentless pursuit makes him a defensive player in my mind, but his good ball skills and leaping ability makes me think he could end up at wide receiver. Wherever he ends up he will make an impact. There are some things he needs to improve on and for starters he can get out of position in zone being overly aggressive, can over pursue on occasion but corrects it and still makes the play. Adding muscle to him will be ideal for him to become a starter.


Overall a good prospect that is often overlooked by many but will make an impact on special teams and will get a shot to play in his later years at Notre Dame.

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