Butler Excited To Be A Cyclone

Posted Sep 1, 2008

A visit to Ames is all it took for Antelope Valley Junior College safety Troy Butler to pledge his commitment to the Cyclone staff.

"The big thing was their fans. I had never seen fans like that," said Butler. "They were really great and they even knew all the players names."

Butler officially committed to a group of Iowa State coaches. "I told Coach Koonz, Beatty, and Chizik," he said. "They were real excited and welcomed me to the team."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound free safety is originally from Gwynn Park, Maryland. He helped lead Gwynn Park High School to a state championship his senior year before heading to Antelope Valley College. He is very excited that will be joining two other Antelope teammates. "The fact that Hayworth (Hicks) and Taylor (Martin) will be there is a big thing," he said. "It'll be real nice to have people their that I know."

Butler will be graduating in December and hopes to fight for a starting spot during spring practices. "They told me the best player was going to play but that I have a chance to come in and start," he said.

Troy also really enjoyed getting to know a lot of the players. "I hung out a lot with Bo Williams and Hayworth Hicks," he said. "They introduced me to a lot of the players and they all seemed real cool. I look forward to playing with them."

Butler ended his visit with a meeting with Coach Chizik and said things went real well. "He told me that he doesn't pick up too many junior college players," he said. "But he told me that he feels they have a need at the safety position and discussed with me how I would fit in."

Butler was so excited with the visit that he can't wait for next season to start. "I can't wait to play in the Big 12," he said. "I'm ready to come out now and play for them."

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