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North Carolina DE intrigued by Muschamp's development


Garner (North Carolina) defensive lineman Matthew Butler’s previous top seven no longer applies, given new offers and shifts in his recruitment.

While the 6-foot-3, 250-pounder pointed out that he has no official lead group at this stage, there are four programs that seem to have captured his attention lately.

“I’m really, really looking into NC State, Duke, Penn State, and South Carolina,” he told GamecockCentral.com at the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour stop in Charlotte.

The recent scholarship from South Carolina caught the eye of the three-star defensive end, with a visit in the works in the near future.

“South Carolina just extended me an offer and they had been in contact with me, just getting everything together within their coaching staff,” he said. “I know Coach Will Muschamp is a defensive-minded coach. He’s coached national championship teams and first round, second round draft picks period. I know if I picked South Carolina I would get major development while there.”

Butler discussed the other three programs that he is currently doing the most research on as well.

“Duke was off the radar for me for a little while until they hired Coach Ben Albert. He coached one of my former teammates, Harold Landry, at Boston College.

NC State has always been near the top. Penn State has showed major interest because they feel like they can utilize my hustle an pass rushing skills in their scheme.”

Butler has three places in mind that he would like to see in person prior to taking the next step in his process.

“I’m definitely going to be going to South Carolina, Penn State, and Maryland,” he said.

A decision is likely to come before Butler’s senior season, and he’s looking for the total package in a college program.

“I just really want to be great, not just on the football field. I want to be great in the classroom, turn into a great man and represent my family, my school and my town whether I’m in state or out of state,” he explained. “I really want to go to a school where I can accomplish those goals.”