The Colorado Buffaloes and head coach Deion Sanders are building something special in Boulder, and one of Sanders' top recruits, Aaron Butler, further demonstrates the excitement brewing.
Butler is part of the 2024 recruiting class and will enroll at the school in January. He ended his senior high school short by choice.
The 65th-ranked prospect in this class, Butler is a 4-star prospect. He's similar to Travis Hunter in that he'll likely start his Colorado career at receiver and make his way to defensive back, probably playing both.
In coming to Colorado, Butler is part of a small recruiting class. Sanders has mentioned that the emphasis will be on existing college talent for the first few years. Including Butler, Colorado may only dish out six or seven scholarships to high school players.
In high school, Butler had 525 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman at Calabasas High School in California. In 2022, his junior season, he had 38 receptions for 830 yards and 13 touchdowns, and he played cornerback.
His senior season, which consisted of just four games, was on pace to be his best, with 586 yards and five touchdowns on 28 receptions.
With his senior season over, Butler will enroll in only online classes to complete high school early.
Butler's dad said his son is getting a head start on "rigor of college study, the discipline required to be a student-athlete and the opportunity to get the full-blown immersion in the playbook." Butler is hungry to "take someone's spot by January."
— Aaron Butler (@Aaronbutlerrr) July 28, 2023
As you can see from the image above, Butler — who's 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds — is clearly ready for college football action.
He looks like a mini version of Seattle wide receiver D.K. Metcalf.
We'll have to wait until next season to see Butler suit up for Coach Prime.
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