"It feels great—one, to be considered as a top-notch athlete by a school in the Big Ten, and also, the academics at Northwestern are second to none," said Butler.
Butler, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound two-way standout, holds offer from Northwestern, Boston College, Iowa and North Carolina. He has also received interest from Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia, Wisconsin and others.
The junior is still in the beginning stages of his recruitment and has not ruled out any schools, or named any favorites.
"I've looked at all the schools academically," said Butler. "I haven't ruled anybody out or anybody higher than the rest. I'm still waiting for more to come in after spring evaluation hopefully."
Butler has already visited a few schools and is making plans for two visits during the spring.
"I have been to Boston College, Maryland and Virginia junior days, and Iowa and Northwestern spring practices, I'll probably attend."
Northwestern offers a number of factors which Butler is drawn to; namely, its stability.
"The conference, I know a lot about," he said. "Also, I like the stability with the play and the coaches. (Northwestern has played in) four straight bowl games and the coaches have all been there for a while, and plan to stay for a while."