The Jags have spent much of their focus in assembling 2014 class on fortifying the defensive side of ball. That trend continues with the commitment of defensive end Caleb Butler of Enterprise, Alabama.
Butler was recruited by Jag assistant Travis Pearson.
"All the coaches there, they're not just great football coaches but they're also great people," said Butler. "He (Coach Pearson) is cool. I like him. He won't let me call him coach, he makes me call him my cousin. I'm sure that will change when I get down there."
"What really got me is they have a great medical program and great medical school and my dream is to become a doctor in the field of sports medicine. That's what really set them apart: great school, great atmosphere, great program, great people and then they had a great medical school and that's what sold me on it."
Caleb and his brother, Daniel, also a defensive end who is committed to play football for Furman, earned praise in the spring from 247 Sports National Scouting Director Shurburtt at the VTO camp in the spring:
"You had to be impressed with the motor and tenacity displayed by twins Caleb Butler and Daniel Butler (Enterprise, Ala.). The 6-foot-3, 220-pounders were impressive during one-on-ones and drills. Caleb plays inside linebacker for his high school while Daniel is a weakside defensive end. Depending on film, both could very well emerge as Division I prospects, " said Shurburtt in a 247 article.
As close as he is with his twin, Caleb does not foresee a change of heart leading the brothers to play together in college.
"He loves Furman and thinks it's a great school. I told him it's a great school but I think we're going to have to part ways. We knew it would have to happen one day. Preferably we'd like to stay close to each other but we have to do what's best for both of us."
Caleb is looking forward to showing his versatility in his senior season.
"Quite humbly, I think I can do both. I can stop the run and play the pass," he said. "This year will be the first year I've really been healthy. I've been banged up my last two seasons. I got hurt halfway through each of them."
Butler also had offers from Alabama State, Jacksonville State and Kennesaw State.
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