The Terps picked up four-star defensive tackle Tommy Akingbesote last Tuesday, continuing to build on an already glowing defensive front for the future. Maryland now has six commitments along the defensive line, which includes the top-five overall committed players in the class.
Butler ranks as the No. 25 player in Maryland and the No. 52 defensive end in the 2021 class, according to the 24/7 Sports Composite.
Standing at 6’3, 220 pounds, Butler provides a solid frame for the college level with flexibility to play defensive end and outside linebacker.
Generally playing in a standing role, Butler provides speed when rushing the backfield, but also great awareness and skill in pass coverage. His ability to pursue ballcarriers leads him to making plays all over the field despite where he may start a play.
The St. Frances Academy pipeline is one that Maryland has been working on for some time. Players have trickled in, such as linebacker B’Ahmad Miller and offensive lineman Jaylen Duncan in the past, but the Terps also landed offensive lineman Ja’Khi Green in 2020 along with TE/H-back Joseph Bearns and defensive ends Butler and ZionAngelo Shockley in 2021.
With Butler on board, the Terps now have 16 commitments on board in the class of 2021 with 14 hailing from the DMV area. Maryland’s class now ranks No. 12 in the nation and No. 5 in the Big Ten.