Mesquite, Texas, wide receiver Akilian Butler has never been to Colorado or the city of Boulder, but that could change on April 12 when the Buffaloes hold their spring football game.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior from West Mesquite High School received a scholarship offer from Colorado last week. The Buffs joined Clemson as the first two to offer the 2015 recruit, who is rated as a three-star prospect by the Rivals and Scout recruiting networks.
Butler told BuffZone in a recent phone interview that CU offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren extended the offer. He said the Buffs have been recruiting him since the beginning of his sophomore season.
"He wanted to know my grade point average," Butler said of his conversation with Lindgren. "My coach faxed him over my transcript and he wanted to offer."
"They're a hard-working program," he continued. "[Lindgren] said come to the camp in Dallas when they have it this summer, and I can visit in the spring for the spring game."
Butler's junior season didn't go exactly as planned. He moved from wide receiver to running back following an injury to West Mesquite's quarterback. Butler sees himself as a collegiate receiver and prefers lining up out wide.
"It went decent, it could have gone better," Butler said of his junior campaign, where he accounted for 259 yards and two touchdowns receiving and added 103 yards and three scores rushing.
"My quarterback got hurt, his clavicle broke, I think."
Recruiting is picking up for Butler, who is hearing from a mix of schools in the major conferences.
"At this moment Arkansas is showing interest, Cal, Washington State, Georgia showing interest, Oklahoma State, Nebraska," Butler said, adding that he doesn't have a dream school or a favorite college program.
Butler is running track for West Mesquite this spring, focusing on the sprinting events. He's looking to have an even better senior season in football and said he looks up to NFL receiver Tavon Austin and draft hopeful Sammy Watkins.
Colorado is hitting the Dallas/Fort Worth area hard for the 2015 cycle and Butler said he thinks a couple of his teammates are being recruited by the Buffs.
"They're probably recruiting my brother, Josh Butler, and Chason Virgil," he said. "Josh is a cornerback and Chason is a quarterback."
Butler said he has considered playing for the same college as his quarterback, a three-star prospect, but he's looking at all options, in-state or out-of-state.
"Yes sir, but my family, sometimes they say they want me to stay in Texas," Butler said when asked if he's considered leaving the state for college.
If things work out, he'll get a chance to see what Colorado has to offer at the spring game.