B.J. Butler has not decommitted from his pledge to attend the University of Georgia, but he's close.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound athlete from Kissimmee Osceola is a Louisville offer away from putting the Bulldogs in his rearview mirror.
Ex-Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong's exodus to Louisville has caused plenty of stir around the SEC region, and most of it has had a magnetic pull toward the Cardinals. In fact, Butler said late Christmas Eve that he will decommit Georgia if offered by Strong.
"I'm still committed to Georgia, but I'm going up to Louisville for a visit on January 8th," Butler said. "I really want to play for Coach Strong, so I'm thinking about going to Louisville."
Strong, of course, was recruiting Butler fairly hard while with UF, but that did not appeal to Butler and he committed to Georgia early last spring, April 18.
"Coach Strong, he's just a real person," Butler said. "He's a good coach, a good friend. He'll teach you right from wrong and get you right."
Butler had some issues with getting right toward the end of his senior year, when Osceola Coach Jeff Rolson suspended him for the final two games for "disciplinary reasons."
"It wasn't an argument or anything like that," said Butler, who would have been reinstated had Osceola been able to get past Lakeland in the state quarterfinals. "They said I was uncoachable and disrespectful. They told me to hit the house, so I hit the house."
Butler did not say that Georgia's firing of defensive coordinator Willie Martinez had any effect on his decision. He's just very interested in playing for Strong. He's projected as a linebacker/defensive end at the next level, but he played everything from quarterback to wide receiver to linebacker and defensive end for the Kowboys.
And when asked if he would decommit as soon as Louisville offered, Butler said, matter-of-factly, "Yes sir."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun