February 13, 2007

Video: Butler's dream comes true

The Dawgs inked 23 prospects on Signing Day and one of them was kicker Drew Butler. Butler signed his letter of intent over at the ESPN Zone and UGASports.com was there for that event. We caught up with Butler after he faxed his paperwork over to Athens to make his commitment to Georgia official.

The job for the starting punter is wide open right now and one of the guys that plans to compete for that job is Butler. He led the state in punting as a senior at Peachtree Ridge with over a 40-yard net average.

Butler also kicked off, kicked field goals, and handled all the kicking duties for Coach Blair Armstrong at Peachtree Ridge High School, but he will just focus on punting at Georgia when he arrives.

He is a punter that can really turn the field over quickly and the Dawgs obviously felt Butler could help them in Athens because they offered him a full scholarship late in the process.

Just a couple days after Georgia offered Butler, he decided that Athens was where he wanted to be. He committed to Georgia late in January over offers from Duke and Wake Forest.

Butler committed late in January and he made that commitment official on February 7 when he signed his letter of intent. UGASports.com was there to see Butler sign with the Dawgs and we caught up with him just minutes after he signed for this exclusive video interview.

He talks about how he expects to win the job at punter, how he is ready to compete, how he thinks he may pass out before the season opener, how he is ready to continue to represent the Butler name in Athens, how it feels to be a Dawg, and much, much more.

If you were not able to watch the video interview right now, then here are a few of the quotes from Butler.

"It feels great. It is a dream come true and I am ready to get up to Athens to work this summer."

"I thought I was going to have to walk on [at Georgia], but I had an official visit and I woke up Sunday morning to get the offer from Coach Richt. I weighed the options for a night or two and then I made my decision."

"It was a tough decision at first coming off a great visit to Duke. Everything kid of whirlwind into a mess, but then I woke up Tuesday morning and said hey, this is my dream and that is when the decision wasn't that hard anymore."

"Coach Richt is a great guy. He is a family man and a great man. He knows what he is doing and he is going in the right direction. The program is definitely going up."

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