Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga cornerback Devin Butler has been committed to Notre Dame since last April and hasn't budged on that pledge, including declining interest from other programs to visit or even court his services.
Irish CB commit Devin Butler looking forward to getting back to Notre Dame's campus.
The four-star recruit remained firm through the roller coaster of a ride that it's been for 2013, including a BCS Championship Game loss and the Manti Te'o controversy, but he was that much more certain of his choice after getting an opportunity to with Irish head coach Brian Kelly and tight ends coach Scott Booker at his school on Thursday.
"It felt great to catch up with him and hear the real stories behind everything because all this other stuff is just speculation," Butler reported to BlueandGold.com.
While five-star linebacker Alex Anzalone was speculated as using Kelly's flirtation with the Philadelphia Eagles as the last straw to flip to Florida for his early enrollment, Butler remained confident in the Irish head coach and felt even greater confidence after having a discussion with him about it.
"Coach Kelly told me personally it was just for the experience and to see what the NFL was about," the nation's No. 17 cornerback and the No. 189 overall recruit in the land according to 247Sports said. "But he knew he was a college coach and it was reassurance. ... He used an analogy that he likes to do the grocery shopping [recruit] and make the meal [player development], and he likes to mold guys for the next level."
Typically a visit is a recruit traveling to a program's campus and Butler enjoyed being the one doing the hosting. He wasn't the only one at his school, either.
"I got to show them the weight room, field and classrooms," he said, adding they stayed at the school because the coaches were headed to Woodberry Forest, Va., to see fellow commit Doug Randolph next. "(Coach Kelly) was really cool. He's a real people person.
"There are a lot of Notre Dame alums on my school campus and they were lined up like Coach Kelly is a rock star."
Butler, who hasn't planned a return trip yet but is looking forward to getting back to South Bend, said he will host a trio of Irish coaches the week before National Signing Day (Feb. 6).
"Coach (Bob) Diaco, Coach (Kerry) Cooks and Coach (Scott) Booker are coming out here and we'll get more into the defensive scheme side of things," he said, noting the visit from the Irish coach would likely be Jan. 27 or 28.
The D.C. native has taken to social media in helping form a strong bond with his future teammates and wants to get the message out that all remains the same.
"I want Notre Dame nation to know that we are here to stay and IrishMob13 is strong and intact," Butler said.