Matthews (N.C.) Butler has seen it's share of recruiting interest in 2008 with prospects including Robert Blanton, Spencer Adams, Eddie Whitley, Jacob Charest and Jarrett Boykin. Butler features at least one 2009 prospect to monitor in 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker Hawatha Bell.
"I'm getting most of my letters from Clemson, North Carolina, East Carolina, Oregon, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Michigan, Auburn and Connecticut," he said. "I don't really have any favorites at this time. I'm just looking at everyone."
Earlier this season, Bell took an unofficial visit to Clemson for the Virginia Tech game.
"It was ok, except for the fact they lost. I am trying to go to a couple other schools soon, North Carolina and East Carolina. I don't know when that'll be."
Bell is wide open right now, what does he want in a college?
"Academics are big, I'm looking to go into physical education," he said. "I also want a winning team. Those schools that have commitments from some of my teammates also I'll look at a little more (Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Illinois)."
The junior prospect has been a force for Butler at linebacker and safety this season.
"I'm doing well. I have three sacks and one fumble return for a touchdown. I think I have about 100-tackles too," he said. "I didn't play as a sophomore due to an injury. This was my first injury free year."
Obviously Bell has talent, but what makes him stand out?
"I think it's my speed at the position," he said. "I have good vision to the ball and I'm quick on my feet. I do think I need to improve. I've got to work on taking on blocks and forcing the line of scrimmage."