Friday, August 3, 2007

McGuffie picks UM...Butler to USC?

As seen on, Norcross (GA) High School WR Brice Butler will verbally commit to a school on Saturday at around noon (PST). He has received offers from all over the country, but has yet to name any finalists. At his announcment, Butler will lay out 3 or 4 hats representing each of the schools he has chosen as finalists.

Butler has great hands and is a very good route runner and is highly regarded by most recruiting services. Here is an excerpt from that ranked the WR's in various categories.
Best Hands
Crabtree's take: I love Brice Butler's ability to go get the football. He doesn't let it come to him, he attacks the ball. And some of the catches he makes on film are amazing...

Farrell's take: Brice Butler is one of the few players in any category who was a unanimous selection. He makes circus catches and this top five is as good as any in recent years at catching the ball.

Shurburtt's take: The receivers in this group catch everything that's thrown their way. Butler also is an excellent route runner.

I believe it's down to USC or Florida State for Butler (just like T.J. Bryant and Deion Walker), so let's just wait and see what happens.

Hopefully we will hear some good news tomorrow, especially after missing out on McGuffie. For the moment, USC has lost out on class of 2008 football recruit Sam McGuffie, who verbally committed to the University of Michigan last Sunday. The ultra-talented running back out of Cy-Fair (TX) High School, has become a YouTube legend due to his amazing junior season highlight reel. His announcement was a very disappointing one for me, but I guess the temptation of immediate playing time at UM due to the departure of senior RB Mike Hart just proved to be too much for any school to overcome (USC was a finalist along with Notre Dame, Florida, and Texas A&M). However, I believe USC is still in the picture because of the uncertainty of coach Lloyd Carr's future at Michigan. Carr's teams have been known to choke in big games (see last 3 Rose Bowl appearances, '05 vs. Notre Dame, (1-5) record vs. Jim Tressel's Buckeyes, and any others I might have missed), but his age (62) is also a concern, which means his days in Ann Arbor are clearly numbered. Should Carr step down (or be fired) at the end of the season, and if Carroll can convince McGuffie that he isn't going to the NFL, then there is still a chance that we will see this cat in a Trojan uniform next year.

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