Jason Butler, his league's Offensive co-MVP along with USC-bound Taylor Mays, has a decision to make. Does he accept an offer from Eastern, or does he accept an invitation to walk on at Washington State, Washington or Oregon and try to earn a scholarship in the conference of champions?
"I've been thinking on it for the past little bit and I don't really know what I'm going to do," said Butler, (6-2, 205, 4.5). "I feel I'm good enough to play at the Pac-10 level. That's always been my dream. I'll have to think on it."
A product of Bellevue's Eastside Catholic, Butler tripped to Eastern last weeked and received an offer. Out of WSU, UW and UO, the two in-state schools probably hold the most allure for him if he were to walk on.
"Something here in Washington would probably be preferable but Oregon's a good school, too," said Butler. "I've been down to both (WSU and UW) and I like them both. A lot of my high school coaches have been part of WSU and a lot of our plays (are similar) but it wouldn't really matter to me too much."
EWU HAS OFFERED Butler a tuition scholarship for Year One, and a full scholarship after that.
"The low number of graduating seniors is keeping the incoming class scholarship numbers low, and I am only one of a select few that are being offered a full ride for the following years," said Butler of Eastern's offer.
WASHINGTON COULD ALSO step up with an 11th hour offer, although Butler said he doesn't think the scenario probable.
"Washington, apparently there's a whole bunch of receivers that dropped out and so they said there may be a possible scholarship," said Butler. "But that's really more of an outside (possibility), and they said I'll probably get a walk on spot there."
BUTLER LIT IT up at Eastside Catholic this season with 2,462 all-purpose yards.
He pulled in 63 receptions for 1,003 yards and 14 TDs, while returning kicks to the tune of another 1,000-plus hashes: 886 yards and 3 TDs on kickoffs plus 18 punt returns good for 219 yards and two scores. He also set the 3A state record for receptions in a game with 20 against Mt. Si.
Over his prep career, Butler's excelled at a variety of positions, including: wide receiver, slotback, running back, tight end, quarterback, free safety, linebacker, special teams kick and punt coverage, and kick and punt returner.
"Eastern is recruiting me as a receiver, so is everyone else as far as I know," said Butler. "I did think it was a surprise no one's looking at me for defense because I can see myself being a bigger contributor at possibly free or strong safety.
"At WSU's camp, I mainly played free safety and I worked with coach Greene a lot."
BUTLER RACKED UP 72 Tackles and grabbed five INTs from his free safety position in 2005.
"Jason is by far the best athlete I’ve coached in 12 plus years," says Bill Marsh, Football Coach and Athletic Director at Eastside Catholic. "He would start on ANY team in the state, and without him we are a 2-8 team… not 6-4.
"It is my opinion that Jason would step in as a positive force and playmaker on ANY team at the college level. He is great at blocking, works very hard at it, and is extremely difficult to tackle. He knows how to make people miss when he gets the ball in his hands. In 4 years at ECHS, Jason has never fumbled."
Butler is an exceptional student with a 3.7 GPA and has achieved a qualifying test score.
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