Butler High School (Matthews, N.C.) boasts some of the top talents for the 2008 class – not just in the state, but possibly in the country. Head coach Mike Newsome believes his defensive backfield stacks up against any high school in the country and the interest from college coaches certainly enhances his argument.
Eddie Whitley are the three star junior defensive backs. Right now, Adams and Blanton have more offers but Whitley certainly has his share.
“We have three quality defensive backs,” Newsome said. “I think we have the best defensive backfield in the country. We are fortunate to have three guys who do well in high school and who will do well on the next level. All have unbelievable talent and all are good people who have good things about them.”
Adams has been offered by Duke, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others. He made 100 tackles and picked off three passes this past season.
A star in two sports, Adams excels in track as well and hopes to play both sports on the next level.
“Spencer is between 6-2 and 6-3, about 180 pounds,” Newsome said. “He plays safety for us. He is one of the top hurdlers in the country, so he has an extreme amount of athletic ability. He covers a lot of ground really quickly.”
Blanton, who was featured in an article earlier this week, brings a tremendous attitude to Butler’s defensive backfield. He finished his junior season with seven interceptions and has been offered by Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, among others.
“He does a tremendous amount for us, just being around and being so versatile,” Newsome said of Blanton. “A lot of times he’ll go back and play safety even though he primarily plays corner for us. There is a tenacious side about him that is hard to coach into a kid. Mentally, he has got an edge over a lot of opponents. He feels like he is one of the best defensive backs in the country.”
The 6-1, 185-pound Whitley has drawn early offers from Colorado, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia. Virginia Tech is among the programs showing heavy interest as well, though the Hokies staff wants to see him at camp later this year before making a final determination.
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