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October 12, 2011It has been a few weeks since Brad Butler visited Boston College but the 2013 pro-style quarterback from Rome (Ga.) Darlington said the trip is still fresh in his mind and that he's really high on the Eagles.
The interest that Boston College's coaching staff took in him was especially appealing and he said talking with assistant coach Dave Brock really stood out.
"I liked it a lot," Butler said. "It was more personal than some other ones I've been to. I like the coaches a lot. They were cool and I like the way they run things up there. It's a real business-like mentality and that's what I'm looking for.
"I didn't get to sit down with coach (Kevin) Rogers, the offensive coordinator, because he is out on medical leave but I got to sit down with coach Brock so that was cool that he took time out of his schedule to come talk with me."
Boston College's struggles so far this season have not turned off Butler in any way - maybe because he still has another entire year of high school - but Brock and he talked about how the Eagles recruit and how young the team is this season.
Since the team has so many underclassmen playing key roles, and injuries hurting other spots, Butler said he's not totally surprised that Boston College is off to a slow start. He doesn't think it will affect his recruitment in any way.
"(Brock) explained why they're struggling right now," Butler said. "They're real young and if you look at the starting lineup on the big screen every one of their players is a freshman or a sophomore and there are only some juniors in there.
"He said they're real young right now and he said Boston College isn't the best fit when it's all young players. All these other programs, like the top SEC programs, they can get four- and five-star talent every year so when they're young it's not good for them either but it is better because at Boston College they develop players.
"He went through a list of NFL players like Matt Ryan, he was recruited pretty heavily, but he wasn't a four- or five-star. He had offers but he wasn't one of the top quarterbacks. B.J. Raji is a big-time defensive tackle with the Green Bay Packers and he only had three scholarship offers coming out of high school. That's how he explained it to me."
Butler said he isn't sure of any other unofficial visits this season. North Carolina, Florida State, Tennessee and Duke are some other schools involved.
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