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