Speed Equals Offer

Speed Equals Offer

Last month, this Pearland High School athlete wasn't sure if he was going to make to UTSA's camp. Was he glad that he did.

If you ask Pearland's JaColbie Butler, he really wasn't thinking about going to UTSA's camp at his high school a few weeks back. He had already been to Junior day and hadn't heard much from the staff. He thought better of it and headed over to the stadium.

It was there that he lined up and prepped to run his 40 yard dash. What would happen afterwards would put things in motion.

"I ended up going out there and we were running 40's. I ran a 4.39 my first time. Coach Gutierrez looked at me like I was crazy. I ran my second one and I ran a 4.37. They said they were taking me home to San Antonio with them," said Butler.

During the camp he continued running drills at RB. Eventually he let the staff know that he was going to workout at wide receiver because he does both for his high school team. It was towards the end of camp that Cornerbacks Coach Jeff Popovich came over to Butler and asked him to come workout at cornerback.

"Coach Pop asked me to play defense. I made a play that he really liked. I talked to him a little bit and he asked me if minded playing corner. I told him I didn't mind it at all. After a couple days, when Coach Coker got back into town, Coach Eliano called me and told me that I had an offer. It was a big surprise. I hadn't played corner since junior high, about four years ago," said Butler.

The Coaching Staff has let him know that they're full at running back with the current commitments of D'Anthony Hopkins and Jess Anders. With his speed and athleticism, the coaches feel he can transition over to the defensive secondary and have targeted him as a corner.

It was only a matter of time before programs got word of his blazing speed. Since his UTSA offer, Sam Houston State has now extended. It's also led to nationwide interest from Texas State, California, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Northwestern, and Washington.

With his recruiting starting to pick up, Jacolbie admits that UTSA offering first was a pretty big deal.

"It was a big deal to me. That's the first program to take interest in me, I love that. They're really high on my list. I just want to make the best choice, whether they want me to play RB, WR or CB. I love UTSA, I really like the campus and all the coaches, the way the treat you as a family member and everything."

He plans on still camping at Houston and taking a visit up to Huntsville to checkout the Bearkats. After that he's just working on getting ready for his senior year. Butler currently measures in at 5'10" 181lbs.

Jacolbie doesn't have a set date for his decision, he remains completely open for the time being. His mother would prefer that he commit before the start of the season to have it over and not worry about any injuries.

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