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Friday, February 8, 2013
Texas 3-star ATH taking his time

By Damon Sayles

A top 100 player in Texas remains unsigned -- primarily for two reasons.

First, William Butler (Aransas Pass, Texas/Aransas Pass), the big, three-star running back, is still weighing all options and knows he has until April 1 to sign a national letter of intent.

Secondly, Butler currently is in the middle of a respectable basketball season and his team is ranked No. 11 in Texas’ Class 2A circuit. Aransas Pass is preparing for a postseason run, and that's where his focus is.

For the next couple of weeks, however, Butler’s basketball mindset will share time with his football mindset. As a running back/wide receiver hybrid, Butler has FBS looks and is preparing to finalize his college football future with the signing period now in full swing. Butler, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete, has an offer from Texas State and Texas A&M-Kingsville and interest from Baylor, Houston and UTSA, and he’s hoping to get even more looks since he took the SAT last week.

“[The recruiting process] has been real fun. I haven’t made a decision yet, but I’ve been thinking about it,” Butler said. “I know I really like Texas State, but I’ve still got time."

Butler as a sophomore rushed for 1,002 yards and 10 touchdowns, but his junior season was hampered by a tendon injury to the right leg. He was out half of the season. As a senior, Butler finished with 702 yards and two touchdowns, and he also caught two touchdown passes in a new Aransas Pass offense. He averaged better than six yards per carry for his high school career.

Butler, who said he hasn’t taken any official visits but did attend a Baylor summer camp, added that he wouldn’t be opposed to playing on the defensive side of the ball at the next level. In addition to playing running back or receiver, he has been projected as an outside linebacker or safety.

“My game overall is to make things happen, either on offense or defense,” Butler said. “I went both ways [in high school]. I played free safety, so I know I can do it.”