At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Devin Butler offers terrific size at the wide receiver position, though it remains to be seen just what kind of player he can become as a pass catcher. That’s because the 3-star talent played quarterback in high school, and was initially recruited to Maryland as a safety before decommitting from the Terps. This weekend, Butler will be visiting Syracuse with an eye toward becoming a receiver in the Dino Babers offense.

Butler is a dynamic all around athlete, and his elusiveness and speed is put on full display in his senior highlights. It’s hard to gauge exactly how he’ll be as a receiver of course, since that will be a position altogether new to him, but between his size and speed he’s a very enticing prospect for Babers and his staff.

The Upper Marlboro, Maryland native has offers from North Carolina and Toledo in addition to Maryland, as well as Syracuse. He’s also got interest from Virginia Tech, but does not yet have an offer from the Hokies, according to Butler had committed to Maryland last summer, but somewhere along the line had a change of heart and is back on the market. Syracuse tight ends coach Reno Ferri, the staff’s Maryland recruiter, offered Butler yesterday and an official visit was quickly set up.

Butler, as I mentioned, shows very good agility and speed in the open field, and is a track star for Frederick Douglass High in addition to being a standout football player. So far this year in his indoor track season, he’s posted a personal best time of 6.57 in the 55 meter dash. For the sake of comparison, that would have been good for fifth place at the 2015 New York high school championships. He’s also posted a career best 100 meter time of 11.21 seconds as a junior, a 23.35 in the 200 meter as a sophomore, and a 37.6 in the 300 meter this season. Butler is also excellent in the triple jump and long jump (his best triple jump this year would have won third at the NYSPHSAA championships last year).

In other words, again: he’s a hell of an athlete. He claims a 4.44 time in the 40 on his HUDL page, and based on his time in the 55 meter, that seems accurate. Now obviously, it’s impossible to judge exactly how he’ll do as a receiver since we have no footage to go on. There’s no telling what kind of route runner he’ll be, for example, or how he’ll do trying to get off the line of scrimmage against physical defensive backs. But he shows good hands on defense, and anticipates where the ball is going well. Those are traits that will certainly help as a pass catcher.

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