SUMMIT, Miss. -- It was a productive weekend for Sonny Dykes and his staff in terms of building their 2012 recruiting class as their bolstered their defensive front with the commitment of Vernon Butler.
A 6-4, 285-pound strong-side defensive end out of North Pike High School in Summit, Mississippi, Butler is a two-star prospect according to the latest Rivals.com rankings. Prior to his commitment to Louisiana Tech, Butler had scholarship offers on the table from the Bulldogs, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi.
"I committed to continue my football career at Louisiana Tech University today," Butler said. "I'm pretty excited about it. I'm home from a really fun visit and I just liked everything about it (the visit). After the visit was over I just felt so good about what I had experienced that I couldn't leave there (Louisiana Tech campus) without telling Coach Dykes and his staff that I am committing and will be coming back very soon.
"There were so many things that made me really just fall in love with the place (campus). For one the coaching staff was great. Really connected with them from the get-go and we just clicked you know? They all seem like they are really good people and I look forward to them being my coaches for the next 4-5 years. The other thing that I liked about my visit to that campus was just the overall environment. It is very exciting and just a great college atmosphere and town. There is a lot of stuff to do in Ruston and I think that I am really going to enjoy myself on and off the field once I arrive in Ruston this summer."
In the end there were so many things that Butler liked about his trip to Ruston and it only solidified his already positive thoughts about the Bulldog program.
"To be honest with you I really liked Louisiana Tech before the visit and the visit just made me realize that this was completely the place for me to be. I liked that we ate a whole lot there too. The food was amazing. I also got the chance to hang out with the coaching staff in individual meetings and we really went over what they would like my future to be like in the classroom as well as on the field during my time in a Bulldog uniform.
"The other thing that I liked was the time I had hanging out with the players and just getting to know them and learning from the people who experience it what it is like to be a student-athlete at Louisiana Tech and everything that we are going to have to deal with once we truly become a part of the program. They talked about balancing schoolwork with practice time and just balancing your time well and be a productive person. I'm truly pumped about coming here and that is why I committed to come to Ruston and the Bulldogs."
According to Butler academics will not be a problem as he stated that he is already full qualified academically.
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