The Boise State football team’s recruiting run continues.
The Broncos got 2015 verbal commitments from quarterback Brett Rypien on Saturday night, linebacker Kyler Manu early Sunday morning, and on Monday added receiver Akilian Butler. Butler is a 5-foot-10, 181-pound speedster out of West Mesquite High in Texas. His coach, Jeff Neill, confirmed the commitment, and said Butler ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash three weeks ago.
“Akilian’s an extremely explosive player,” Neill said. “He’s a really good athlete. We used him in all our motion packages, speed sweep packages, used him in the backfield, too. He was very multi-dimensional for us. He’s explosive on the screens, and we throw a lot of them on the edges. Once you get the ball in his hands, he’s like a running back.”
Butler said the commitment of Rypien, ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 quarterbacks by Scout.com, played a part in him deciding to end his recruitment here in April. Butler said he watched Rypien’s highlights this past weekend after hearing he had committed.
“Brett definitely was a reason,” Butler said. “He’s a great quarterback, and it seems like he’s a great person, too.”
Butler turned down offers from Colorado and Clemson, but he said others like Arkansas, Nebraska, Utah and Arizona State were showing high interest. Neill expects others to offer, especially after Boise State showed such strong interest, but said “Akilian is fully committed” and doesn’t foresee the receiver taking other visits. Butler is rated a three-star prospect by all the major recruiting sites. Boise State freshman safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner is a former teammate at West Mesquite.
“He’s heard a lot of great things about coach (Bryan) Harsin and about the culture there from Dylan,” Neill said. “He knows what sort of offense coach Harsin runs and thinks it’ll be really good fit.”
Butler led the Wranglers with 446 receiving yards last season while adding 107 on the ground, scoring five total touchdowns. His numbers were hampered by an injury to starting quarterback Chason Virgil, himself a 2015 prospect with multiple Division I offers, that kept him out three weeks. Butler’s brother, Josh, is a cornerback at West Mesquite and has offers from Notre Dame, Michigan State, Baylor — and Boise State. Akilian said he “wants what’s best” for his brother, but certainly will do his best to talk up the Broncos.
Here are some reactions via Twitter to Butler’s commitment.