The Butler Does It: Lee Commits.

Lee Butler

Every year it seems as though the Blue Devils pull out a commitment or two from their one day camp. The first session in 2007 was no different as Anderson (S.C.) Westside defensive back Lee Butler added his name to the list of future Blue Devils.

"Yes sir, I committed to Duke," said Lee Butler when reached late Saturday night. "I was going to do it at camp, but wanted to talk to my dad first. After we got home I knew that I was sure and so I called my recruiting coach, Coach Pearman and did it."

Butler has seen a number of schools get involved in the last few weeks including NC State, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Virginia, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Marshall, Furman, and Air Force. Of that group it was Duke, Air Force, and Furhman who offered scholarships first.

On top of the news that Butler was now a Blue Devil, Duke fans can also take heart in the way in which the 5'11, 185 pound defensive back arrived at his decision on Saturday. Most notably the person who helped sell him.

"I had a chance to talk to Matt Daniels for most of the afternoon, and he really helped make it an easy decision. He's a great player who seemed very comfortable with how everything was set up at Duke. I told him I committed and he's really excited for me."

Recently Butler attended and tested at the Shrine Bowl Combine in Columbia, SC. Already on the recruiting map before the combine in the state's capital it was there that he upped the ante running one of the fastest 40 times in the state so far in the class of 2008.

Butler talked about his performance and said, "I had a really good combine. I ran a 4.3 flat in the 40 during my first run hand timed and then I ran a 4.32 the second time. That should show the scouts and coaches that I have legit 4.3 speed. I also had a 36 inch vertical although it wasn't my best (38 inches is his personal high). I also benched 185 pounds for 10 reps."

At Duke Butler projects as a defensive back who could see time as a slot receiver.

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