After decommitting from Maryland, Devin Butler is heading up north to Syracuse to play wide receiver – a position he is just starting to learn after playing quarterback all throughout high school. Butler has a unique combination of athleticism and size, which should help ease the transition from throwing passes to catching them.
High School: Fredrick Douglass High School (Upper Marlboro, Md.)
Position: Wide Receiver
Stats: 6'2", 185 pounds
Main Recruiter: New Syracuse tight ends coach Reno Ferri was Butler's main recruiter, and the one who initially offered him a scholarship.
Commitment Date: January 22, 2016
Ratings: 3 stars from Scout, ESPN, and 24/7. 2 stars from Rivals. Booo to the latter, especially based on the offers he received.
Other Offers: Maryland, North Carolina, Toledo, Temple and Eastern Michigan
Player Breakdown: Butler's natural speed and agility will allow him to quickly get separation off the line of scrimmage. The question is whether or not Butler can develop as a route runner and provide good enough hands to allow him to become a reliable wide receiver for the Orange. While it's always difficult to switch positions, many athletic high school dual-threat quarterbacks like Butler have been able to make a successful transition from quarterback to wide receiver upon entering college.