"I called the coaches just to check in and we starting talking about how the class is coming together," said Butler. "We got on the subject of how things were happening fast and they didn't want me to miss a chance to come in. I sat down with my parents and decided there really wasn't any point in waiting. So I committed."
Lex, whose older brother Lee is a freshman this season, chose the Blue Devils over an offer from Buffalo and interest from programs such as Middle Tennesse, Wake Forest, and Clemson.
"In the end the chance for our family to be able to be in one place was big for me. I know that Lee and I will be able to play together for at least three of the four years."
In the classroom the newest Blue Devil has a 3.95 core GPA with a 4.619 overall GPA. He ranks 18th currently out of 363 students in his class.
Butler showed his toughness this offseason by attending and testing at the Under Armour/Scout.com combine in Charlotte despite having a nagging hamstring injury. Nontheless he still put forth a strong effort impressing coaches and analysts alike running the event. That injury though is a thing of the past Butler says. "I'm 100% now. I'm back on the field and playing in all of the 7 on 7's. I'm going to the gym everyday lifting to get stronger, especially my hamstring. I'm making them a lot stronger so there won't be any injuries this season hopefully."
That work in the weight room was on display as we noticed more muscle tone and thickness to Lex's frame while in Charlotte. "Yes sir, my maxes are all up so far. I won't max out on the bench press until tomorrow but it was 275 when school ended but I'm hoping for at least 285 now. I squat 365 pounds and power clean 245 pounds."
With the commitment we had to ask Lex just how big brother felt about continuing to play football as a family on the next level. "I can't really talk to him about it yet. I'm sure he's happy pretty much to have me on the team. He's always told me in the past to go ahead and commit but I told him that I wanted to wait a bit before I did." The decision to attend Duke also handled another dilemma that was facing the Butler family. "One other factor is that really pushed it through was having family members coming to see us play and having one half here and the other half there if I was to commit to a different school. This way they can see us both play at the same time. So it's easy on them too."
Lex also wanted to share something for the Duke Blue Devil fans out there as well. "I'm going to do my best to help turn the program around and hopefully make history. I want to help make the Duke athletic program known for more than just basketball but for both football and basketball!"