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Wednesday is the day for Butler
When 3-star defensive end Matthew Butler makes his decision on Wednesday, one thing is for certain: It will have been well thought out.
Butler, who lists South Carolina with Tennessee, Texas A&M, N.C. State, Duke and Penn State, is scheduled to announce his decision at Garner (N.C.) High School at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
“It’s easing, if that makes sense,” Butler said in an interview with Phil Kornblut. “My heart is eased and I’m confident about it. I can’t wait to continue to work towards the goal of being an elite player in college football. That is my goal. I’m just excited to continue to work towards that.”
Of late, Tennessee has been considered the leader, though two in-state schools were in considerably earlier than the rest of the field. Alabama did, however, once hold the cards.
The Vols do hold the edge on the 247Sports Crystal Ball, but the Gamecocks are second with picks that were submitted during the summer.
“Tennessee is right up there for me, just as South Carolina is. … I enjoyed myself there. Both South Carolina and Tennessee have really solidified themselves as schools that are high up for me, as well as N.C. State and Duke, who are up there as well,” Butler said.
Earlier this month, at Shrine Bowl practice, Butler hinted that he was ready to make the call on which school he wanted to commit to.
“I can’t make a bad decision,” he said. “Those are all really great schools in their own aspects. … I guess comfort with the coaching staff and a peace like, I can believe in these guys.”
Butler hasn’t visited South Carolina since the Texas A&M game.
More on Johnson
There was a time when 3-star defensive end Brad Johnson wanted to make his decision and call off the recruiting process long before signing day. Circumstances dictated otherwise.
“I wanted to get it over with as soon as possible, but things didn’t work out the way I planned. With family issues and things like that, things got pushed back, pushed back to the last minute,” Johnson said.
Now, the Pendleton (S.C.) High School senior is going to take all the time he needs, within reason. He’ll take official visits to South Carolina and Tennessee, to go along with his trip to Virginia Tech.
That way, Johnson will “know 100 percent” what he wants to do.
“I’m going to try to put in all aspects of it, academic-wise, coaching-wise, player personnel-wise, campus life,” he said. “I’m trying to put all those things together and (figure out) what’s best for me, and narrow those things down.
“I’ll make a list of it. Whichever one fits best, I’m going to try to make that choice, follow my heart. A lot of prayers.”
South Carolina has long been considered as the favorite, though Virginia Tech poses the biggest threat.
More Vols vs. Gamecocks
It’s been a theme during the 2017 cycle — South Carolina and Tennessee competing for recruits. Offensive linemen T.J. Moore and K’Rojhn Calbert, even Gamecocks commitment Jay Urich is counted among the handful.
Cornerback Yusuf Corker, a 3-star prospect from Woodland High School in Stockbridge, Ga., is right there, too. His decision is expected the day after Christmas, on his birthday.
Tennessee is thought to be the favorite, even though Michigan State and Kentucky had him on campus for official visits this month.
According to Kornblut, Corker’s teammate, Shakur Brown, still lists South Carolina as an option.