It‚Äôs no secret that the Orange is currently short in the secondary. One of the team‚Äôs top 2016 defensive back targets, St. Edward (OH) cornerback Tony Butler, talked with the Fizz earlier this week.
Butler initially committed to Pitt, but opened up his recruitment in July.
‚ÄúI decommitted [from Pitt] because I wasn‚Äôt 100% comfortable. I didn‚Äôt want to be one of those guys that‚Äôs committed and is visiting this place or that place with a whole bunch of rumors going around, so I separated myself from that situation.‚Äù
After the decommitment, Butler began to seriously consider the Orange.
‚ÄúSyracuse has always been interested in me‚Ä¶and when I decommitted they came back into the picture. My boy Troy [Henderson] is there, so I have a relationship up there. He always keeps it real with me; he says it‚Äôs a great place. The coaches have always been awesome and I‚Äôm just interested in coming up and visiting to see what I like and what I don‚Äôt.‚Äù
Butler says that he has a great relationship with Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer.
‚ÄúI talk to Coach Shafer a lot. He‚Äôs always in my ear to talk about how the week‚Äôs going‚Ä¶ He‚Äôs always making sure Syracuse is on my mind and making sure they‚Äôre calling me weekly‚Ä¶They‚Äôre definitely interested in me. I feel like I‚Äôm one of their top guys.‚Äù
SU might be struggling this season, but Butler sees that as a chance for him to come in and play right away.
‚ÄúI just see it as an opportunity. Next season if I come in as a freshman I know that I have an opportunity to really gain some playing time because those guys that are in the game now obviously aren‚Äôt doing their jobs, so you know they‚Äôre going to be looking for new guys to make plays.‚Äù
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Posted: Connor Morrissette