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Maryland looked like they were set at the running back position before Jonathan Thomas flipped his commitment to Penn State back in October. Since then, the staff has been looking at under-the-radar prospects that could thrive under offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. Meet Linganore running back Phillip Butler.
A two-star on 247Sports, Butler is a small back but certainly does not play like one. He possesses great strength and great quickness; once he gets to the outside, he is a game-changer. With many of the current running backs on the current Maryland roster considered power backs, Butler can provide the missing element and make plays with his feet. You can find his highlight tape here.
On the Big Ten move, Butler added “it’s a fresh start for Maryland. They can make their mark early. I’m ready for it. It’s a big step and I’m definitely ready for it.”
In a conference with many power backs, Maryland can show other schools that they can get the ground game going with speed backs as well.
Butler is mainly considering Maryland, but is also looking at JUCO schools in the Midwest, specifically Kansas, West Virginia, Delaware, Florida, and South Carolina.
It is known that Butler has some academic issues, but we will find out more in February whether he will be eligible for the 2014 season.
As for now, he plans on making a trip to College Park “very soon.” “My lead recruiter was Greg Gattuso, but he left for Albany. He’s actually recruiting me at Albany now, so I’m considering them as well.”
With many other prospects primarily speaking to Locksley, Butler has a more important developing relationship. “Randy Edsall is the one talking to my coach the most. They speak often, and my coach tells me what Edsall is saying.” If deemed academically eligible, Maryland looks like they will offer this late-bloomer. How will that affect Butler’s recruitment? “If I’m offered, I’d most likely commit because they’re my top school right now.”