While who dumped whom remains in question, there is no doubt that B.J. Butler will no longer be signing with Georgia.
Butler, a defensive end from Osceola High in Kissimee, Fla., had been committed to the Bulldogs since last April. But he committed to Louisville and new coach Charlie Strong on Thursday and is scheduled to begin an official visit there on Friday.
“He’s excited about playing football for Coach Strong at Louisville,” Butler’s mother, Folana Butler, told InsideTheVille.com. “He always liked Coach Strong when he was at Florida but he did not want to stay in the state of Florida. Georgia was his first option until Coach Strong went to [Louisville]. Since that happened it’s been totally Louisville.”
If and when Butler “de-committed” to Georgia is unclear. Butler’s high school coach said the Bulldogs’ had already withdrawn their scholarship offer.
“I think that they dropped him,” Osceola coach Jeff Rolson told the Athens Banner-Herald. “I know he’s going to visit Louisville and some other places, but I know he won’t be going to Georgia. I’m pretty sure of that.”
Rolson suspended Butler back in late November for what ended up being Osceola’s last two games of the season in the playoffs. At the time Rolson would say only that it was a “team disciplinary issue.” Butler later admitted to the Orlando-Sentinel it was the result of an argument with his coaches.
“They said I was uncoachable and disrespectful,” Butler told Orlando reporter Chris Hays. “They told me to hit the house, so I hit the house.”
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Butler is considered a four-star prospect by Scout and a three-star by Rivals. Georgia’s other commitment from Osceola High, athlete Marc Deas, remains solid.
With Butler out of the picture, Georgia now has 19 commitments for its Class of 2010. The Bulldogs are expected to sign 24 to 25 players.
One more recruit Georgia would like to add is Carver-Columbus offensive lineman David Beasley. The Bulldogs have been relentless in their pursuit of the 6-foot-4, 287-pound guard despite his commitment to Clemson. Beasley has now agreed to take an official visit to Georgia on Jan. 22, according to Scout.com.