The Syracuse University football recruiting weekend is in full swing, and the Orange have landed another commitment from among this weekend’s official visitors. Wide receiver Devin Butler, a speedy 3-star prospect from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, decided to commit to the Orange on his official visit to Central New York today. He’s the seventh commit of the weekend and may not be the last.

Butler becomes the first true outside receiver to join the class, though both Moe Neal and Sean Riley will likely be pass catchers as well, albeit out of the slot. Butler is a 6-foot-3 prospect who played quarterback and safety through high school, in addition to being a track star for Frederick Douglass High. He’s got legitimate 4.44 speed in the 40, and will give the Orange a target with great size and speed to stretch the field at the next level.

While he hasn’t played much wide receiver beyond getting some reps in practice situations, Butler has good hands and overall ball skills from his time in the secondary. Butler was previously a commit for Maryland, and also holds offers from North Carolina and Toledo. In addition to being able to simply stretch the field, Butler has excellent agility and elusiveness in the open field.

At 6-foot-3, 195 pounds and with his outstanding speed, Butler will have a chance to win immediately playing time at Syracuse. He’s already physically ready to compete, and he’ll immediately be one of the fastest skill players on the roster.

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