August 27, 2013

Butler Set to Return to Norman

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Akilian Butler was one of a few 2015 targets that Oklahoma welcomed on visits earlier this month to watch a preseason practice. The 5-foot-10 and 179-pound 2015 wide receiver out of Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite brought his mom and dad on the trip. The group of three got the chance to not only see practice but also got a tour of the facilities as well.

"I went up there with my mother and my father," Butler said. "When I got there they were actually in practice. Then we went to do lunch. And then people showed me around the facilities and how it is at Oklahoma."

Butler said he liked the facilities as well as how the Sooners practice while he was there. The way the athletes are treated in Norman is part of what stands out to Butler about Oklahoma.

"I like the school, the school's facilities and the way they treat their athletes. I like that it's a winning program," he replied.

Clemson was the first to offer Butler while Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado State, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech are also showing interest in him.

This past summer Butler was seen out at the Rivals Camp that was held at Cedar Hill in March and also competed at the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge in Desoto in July. All the work he put in helped him to improve his skills to better himself for his upcoming junior season.

"This summer it was a great experience to go to the Rivals camp. It was a great experience to go there twice. I was really upset that I didn't win it (Offensive Skill MVP) of course but it was a great experience. I got a lot of work and I got to meet a lot of top receivers in my class.

"I have gotten faster and stronger and I have grown as a receiver in height and weight. My 40-yard dash time has gotten lower and I have stronger hands now. I can catch the ball with my fingertips when I look it all the way in," he stated. got the chance to see Butler last season as a sophomore on a few occasions and noticed that for such a young prospect one of his strongest assets is his ability in the punt return game. Butler says when he's returning punts his mind is set on taking it to the house.

"Instantly when I get the punt, I always think score. When the ball is in the air and coming down I'm thinking score. So, when I get it in my hands, I just react. It's always been a skill that I have always had," Butler explained.

Wide receivers coach, Jay Norvell let Butler know to stay in contact with him moving forward and it sounds like the two may be seeing each other again in the near future.

"Yes sir, I think I will be back up there soon," he said about returning to Norman for another visit.

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