Akilian Butler may have had trouble hearing, but the 2015 Texas wide receiver didn’t have any problems seeing during Notre Dame’s 37-34 victory over Arizona State in a Shamrock Series game played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder from West Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas was one of dozens of recruits given tickets to the game by Notre Dame. Butler attended with his teammate and classmate, 2015 quarterback Chason Virgil.
“It was good,” Butler said. “It was a great experience.”
The wide receiver was especially impressed with how Notre Dame utilized TJ Jones.
“What stood out was how they used, #7 in their offense,” Butler said. “I liked the way they used him and how their team kept fighting on to the end, how they never gave up on themselves, they kept passing for the game and they kept their enthusiasm all of the way through the fourth quarter.”
Butler feels like he could do some of the same things in the Irish offense.
“I like how they used him on offense, how they put him in the slot and on the outside and at punt returner,” he said.
The junior receiver was definitely impressed with the atmosphere inside the stadium.
“It was good,” he said. “It was loud. It was just really loud in there. I couldn’t really talk. I couldn’t hear myself talk.
“I think it was good. I liked it a lot.”
Butler, who has an early offer from Clemson, isn’t going to rush the recruiting process,
“I’m just going to continue to play and let the recruiting process take hold,” he said.
Notre Dame made an impression, but it’s still very early.
“I’m just laying back and letting the recruiting process take over,” he said.
Butler scored a touchdown in West Mesquite’s 35-0 victory over Terrell on Friday night.