Not only is the state of Louisiana extremely talented in the class of 2011 but it is also extremely deep. Among all of the talent, the running back position is as deep as any. How else would a prospect that rushed for over 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior be able to fly low on the radar heading into the summer?
That is the case with New Orleans (La.) Brother Martin running back Dante' Butler. However, that is quickly beginning to change. Butler has now picked up offers from Tulane, Northern Illinois, Western Kentucky and Miami-Ohio. All of the offers have arrived within the past two weeks and one is already sticking out and not just because of football.
"Really Miami-Ohio stands out but really I'm not looking at football as much as the academics," Butler said. "I'm looking at who's the best at civil engineering because that's what I want to do in college so when I get offered, I go right home and check out their civil engineering program. I've got a knack for building stuff. I don't know why but I've always liked it."
Along with the four offers that he already has in tow, Butler could be on the verge of several more, including three BCS programs that seem to be close.
"Actually, next month I'm getting offered by Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss," he said. "I talked to one of the Kansas State coaches on the phone and he told me that I was one of the five recruits on the board that would get an offer next week. Oklahoma State came right before spring and they said they were going to offer next week too."
This summer Butler could gain more offers with some strong camp performances. At the least, he has plans to camp at Ole Miss due to its proximity but he is also considering several other camp invitations. He is also working with a personal trainer and trying to reach some high expectations for his senior year.
"Everybody around school is wanting me to get 2,000 yards," he said. "That's going to be hard but I gotta push myself when I'm training because I don't want to let my coaches or my friends down. Since everybody has higher expectations all over the city since they saw me last year, I pretty much have more weight on my shoulders."