State’s No. 1 kicker commits to Georgia Tech

After touring the Southeast to see his favorite colleges over the last week, Harrison Butker will be staying close to home to play football.

Auburn is first offer for Westminster's Harrison Butker (AJC)Westminster’s Harrison Butker (AJC)

The kicker from Westminster  committed to Georgia Tech on Saturday while driving back to Atlanta from a recruiting trip to Kentucky. He was also considering Auburn and North Carolina. Butker is considered to be the state’s best by several recruiting analysts.

“I just finished looking at all of my options,” Butker told the AJC. “My parents and I were talking about Georgia Tech. That’s where I want to be. I felt most comfortable with the coaches, I have the chance to be a four-year starter, and I felt most at home there. Georgia Tech just felt right there.”

Butker called Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson from the car to let him know the news. “He was really excited about me being part of the Georgia Tech family. They were all really happy that I’m going to be a Yellow Jacket now.”

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Butker made an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech last Saturday. Then it was Auburn on Monday, North Carolina on Wednesday and Kentucky on Friday. “Georgia Tech was clearly my favorite,” Butker said. “I was considering North Carolina, and then they were a little shaky about the offer. At that point, I decided it didn’t matter about UNC because I always wanted to play for Georgia Tech anyways.”

Last year as a junior, Butker made 16 out of 17 field goals, with a long of 51 yards.

He is commitment No. 8 for Georgia Tech’s 2013 recruiting class.

GEORGIA TECH’S CLASS OF 2013

  1. RB Travis Custis,6-0, 212 Lovejoy HS
  2. RB Donovan Wilson, 6-0, 215, Dublin, Ohio
  3. OL Shamire Devine, 6-7, 331, Tri-Cities HS
  4. DT Darius Commissiong, 6-2, 295, Forestville, Md.
  5. OG Jeremi Hall, 6-5, 350, Tri-Cities HS
  6. DE-OLB Kevin Robbins, 6-4, 240, Forestville, Md.
  7. OL Chris Griffin, 6-6, 265, Crawfordville, Fla.
  8. K Harrison Butker, 6-3, 185, Westminster

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Tracker Jacker

June 16th, 2012
1:42 pm

Here is some great footage of Butker’s leg last season!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYbi5SV7sI4&feature=plcp

Welcome to the Flatts!!!

Hank

June 16th, 2012
1:45 pm

As a fellow Wildcat, I love it!

GtDawg

June 16th, 2012
1:46 pm

Big Crimson 75

June 16th, 2012
1:49 pm

Y’all better keep WrecksNEffect off his tweety bird account!!!!

Tracker Jacker

June 16th, 2012
1:50 pm

Now we can beat Georgia!!!!!

ComeOnMan

June 16th, 2012
1:53 pm

“4 year starter” — nice way to diss the existing kickers before you even show up on campus. #typicalrichboyarrogance

Paddy

June 16th, 2012
1:55 pm

Just ask my Dawgs how important a good kicker is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Value is sometimes overlooked. It always makes adifference in a couple games every year at every school!

DIT

June 16th, 2012
1:57 pm

Kicking game is huge in a tight game. Congrats & good get!

Frankly

June 16th, 2012
2:00 pm

ComeOnMan

June 16th, 2012
1:53 pm

“4 year starter” — nice way to diss the existing kickers before you even show up on campus. #typicalrichboyarrogance

He stated that he has the chance to be a 4 year starter, not that he was guaranteed being a 4 year starter.

Good luck Harrison, I hope you make them all except for your kicks against UGA, then I want you to miss any important ones you line up for.

Swoop

June 16th, 2012
2:06 pm

He has the OPPORTUNITY to be the starting kicker all 4 years. Hope its the same at every position, put the best players on the field!

Wiffle Ball

June 16th, 2012
2:07 pm

Best to a fellow Wildcat. Tech needs you desperately

Tokyo jacket

June 16th, 2012
2:12 pm

This kid is a great pickup for the jackets. Glad to have Mr. Butker on the Flatts. I’m not sure if he’ll take over all kicking duties right away, but I’d bet a paycheck that he handles kickoffs at some point this year. That video is amazing. Note that he kicks it out of the endzone multiple times in the same game. Wind? Not necessarily, because he does it in both directions. He will be a huge add to GT and the strength of our special teams. Oh, and the one field goal he missed out of 17 tries all year – a 59 yarder. The coach actually thought he had a chance to make a 59 yard FG. Awesome! Butker will probably be the strongest leg on campus since Rodney Williams!

Paddy, you couldn’t be more right dude. I’ll never get why scouting services don’t rank kickers higher. There is a HUGE gap between a good kicker and an okay kicker. Add to that the fact that kickers probably develop the least from their freshman to senior years, due in large part to the uniquity of kicking skills, and that makes the value of a good kicker hard to ignore. Butker is the number two rated kicker by Jamie Kohl (who determines the kickers/punters for the UA All Star Game) and number three by Rivals. As far as I’m concerned, this kid is a high four-star because he will impact games on a routine basis and will postively affect our record for sure.

BLT

June 16th, 2012
2:20 pm

Great pick up! Go Jackets!

BC75, if only we could. Somehow Wrexie will spin this in a negative way.

Tech dropout

June 16th, 2012
2:27 pm

ComeOnMan, I guess you haven’t seen the kickers Tech has on campus. They are lucky to kick the ball to the 10 on kickoffs, and the opponent offense almost always starts from their own 30 or 40 yard line against the Tech D. Having to go 80 yards down the field is a whole lot better than only 60.

May the best kicker kick!

James

June 16th, 2012
2:28 pm

Young man can kick it, and has style…

Tech dropout

June 16th, 2012
2:29 pm

Current Tech kickers get a standing ovation if they get a touchback – just goes to show you how rarely it happens.

Jacket Man

June 16th, 2012
2:32 pm

He’s ranked either the top kicker, or second best kicker, in the country by several recruiting services.

http://prokickernews.com/component/k2/itemlist/tag/Harrison%20Butker.html

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

June 16th, 2012
2:34 pm

He’s going to be big in those tight games against Duke.

gt45

June 16th, 2012
2:37 pm

congrats, harry

BLT

June 16th, 2012
2:37 pm

“He’s going to be big in those tight games against Duke.

“He’s going to be big in those tight games against Duke.”

Yep, and you’ll still be worthless loser.

spider

June 16th, 2012
2:37 pm

well with the new kick off yard line in college football this year hopefully we will see a few more touchbacks before he arrives, last years kickoffs had to be the worse in div 1.

gtechster

June 16th, 2012
2:39 pm

#1 kicker in the state? How about #1 kicker in the nation!!

Isaiah.....

June 16th, 2012
2:44 pm

Dude be kool….nothn like me nd caleb nd washan doa…..dont ned no feld goal..do we…lub isaah

Ramblin Man

June 16th, 2012
2:49 pm

This is a great pickup for special teams. Landed a good punter last year and now a KO and FG guy.

GT Fan

June 16th, 2012
2:52 pm

ComeOnMan ….

You haven’t seen GT’s kickers I assume? I’ve been a season tix holder the past 3 seasons, and, echoing a comment from another poster, generating a standing O, or obvious applase for getting a touchback is a little embarrassing, IMO.

Don’t forget, GT lost the SUN Bowl b/c they were 0-3 on FGs in regulation, all from inside 50 yards.

CT_Jacket

June 16th, 2012
2:59 pm

You can never tell what’s going to happen with these kickers. Justin Moore supposedly always kicked to the end zone in high school. I hate spending a valuable scholarship on these guys, but with the state of our special teams, we have to.

Jacket Man

June 16th, 2012
3:03 pm

Now that I cleared up the confusion about Harrison’s credentials, I just wanted to welcome him to the Jacket nation, and congratulate him, and his family for all of his hard work culminating into a full athletic scholarship to GA Tech. We look forward to seeing you play on Grant Field, and your family in Bobby Dodd Stadium, come Saturdays on the Flats!

Hard Rain Gonna fall

June 16th, 2012
3:13 pm

Where are all the leghumping bloggers that say we dont get good talent? Number one in the state and number one in the nation by some analysts…….Stick that where the sun dont shine Dawgies!

Score Check

June 16th, 2012
3:16 pm

I hope he is an elite student. He will have to compete with the Einstein’s of GT.

If not I suppose he could major in Industrial Management.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 16th, 2012
3:29 pm

SO………….Now CPJ may not have to go for it on 4th & 2 from the 30 yard line.

I like that. It is Another OPTION from the 40 to 25.

Jacket Backer

June 16th, 2012
3:31 pm

Sweet! Man, do we need a kicker! Go Jackets!!

TIM FROM TOCCOA

June 16th, 2012
3:33 pm

By looking at him he should fit right in at Tech

BLT

June 16th, 2012
3:33 pm

“Einstein’s”

That is hilarious “Score Check”. Are you using that UGA degree?

BLT

June 16th, 2012
3:36 pm

Yes Tim, he won’t need a “Special Admit”. Probably does not plan to major in “Magazines” or “Turf Management”.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 16th, 2012
3:36 pm

Tim 4UM Toccoa is still hearing the banjos playing………..

Sharmavious Jackson

June 16th, 2012
3:49 pm

He sho nuff purty.

HighTech

June 16th, 2012
3:54 pm

Welcome to Tech, Harrison! Future Groza Award winner and Bulldog Buttkicker! It’s great to be a Yellow Jacket!

Beast from the East

June 16th, 2012
3:54 pm

Good get, Tech.

Big Crimson 75

June 16th, 2012
3:56 pm

Considering the dwag special teams are a joke — you’d think Garner & Co would at least consider signing a top notch PK.
Last yr, the top PK in the Country, from Georgia, commits to Bama.
This yr, the top PK in the Country, also from Georgia, commits to GT.
Earn that $$$ Rodney!!

TIMMY!

June 16th, 2012
4:07 pm

TIM FROM TOCCOA

June 16th, 2012
3:33 pm
By looking at him he should fit right in at Tech
——————————————-
It’s just wrong to make fun of a kid’s looks.

http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/files/2012/06/Parker-McLeod-Walton-High-School-head.jpg

Hayseed Dixie

June 16th, 2012
4:08 pm

Welcome to Georgia Tech, Harrison!

I’ve seen Durant Brooks and Scott Blair win games outright for us, and your video looks like you could do the same. Can’t wait to cheer for you on the flats.

Sharmavious Jackson

June 16th, 2012
4:10 pm

He be lookin’ ‘licious. Like a Butkercicle.

Hairy Dawg

June 16th, 2012
4:12 pm

Congrats for signing up to lose to the Dawgs for the next 4 years.

Go Dawgs! Bugs Stinks!

gt4ever

June 16th, 2012
4:13 pm

Hmmmmm, Does that mean we can kick it to the end zone…..?? Wow, that will be a switch….

333

June 16th, 2012
4:15 pm

Just think Dude, you’ll have less crowd noise at tech than at Westminster. Great choice!!

Sharmavious Jackson

June 16th, 2012
4:21 pm

Gon be poplar in tickle piles.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 16th, 2012
4:25 pm

TIMMY!………….UGa has become the Red Haired MOLLY RINGWALD wannabes for sure.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 16th, 2012
4:36 pm

But what do E.O. Wheeler & Scott Sission have to say about the kids kicking?

ComeOnMan

June 16th, 2012
4:56 pm

Big diff kicking high school vs college. For kickoffs, biggest diff is in high school the ball is dead when crosses the end zone plane, so a line drive kickoff is fine. In college, need to get great hang time because balls in the end zone can come out.. Tech’s current place kicker made a 50-yd field goal in high school and put most of his kickoffs for touchbacks in high school, but has not had the same success so far. It is just harder in college, and that includes losing the tee for field goals. This kid from Westminster is a strong kicker, but let’s see the transition before we annoint him the savior.

Hairy Dawg

June 16th, 2012
4:58 pm

The Dawgs are goning kick Butker on the Bugs and all the sorry Bug recruits. We run the state and will beat the Bugs Butker like we owns it.

Go Dawgs!