Sunday, September 27, 2009

Hokies, Wolfpack looking at several Butler standouts

As the rain poured down Friday night following Butler’s blowout victory over Myers Park, there was talk of colleges and visits among the Bulldogs’ talented and soaked players.

Senior left offensive tackle Kendal Lamm, all 6-foot-5, 265 pounds of him, was taking an unofficial visit to N.C. State for the Pittsburgh game. Running backs Deion Walker and Jawaun Edwards, still juniors, were heading up to Virginia Tech.

And, of course, there’s junior QB Christian LeMay. Asked how many schools had offered LeMay now, Butler coach Mike Newsome grinned and said simply, “Everybody.”

After watching the game, you wish the same could be said for senior Anthony Short, another in the Bulldogs’ collection of RB talent. Short, who had three long first-half touchdowns, was more than the Mustangs could handle, maybe more than Florida State could have handled on that night.

So I ask him who has offered so far, and he says simply, “Coastal Carolina.”

Short is listed at 5-foot-10, and that could be stretching it, and the height is the problem.

Looking too closely at that one statistic, though, could be a mistake in Anthony’s case.

Butler, as do many schools, has a number of guys like Short.

Players like Nate Charest, a do-everything kind of kid who is a DB/WR but threw a TD pass against the Mustangs. He mentioned being looked at by Catawba, Gardner-Webb and Albany, and would be a fine catch for any of those schools.

Then there’s LB Alex Polofsky, all over the field Friday, bound for The Citadel to visit the following day. A Dean’s List student, he’s also being recruited to one degree or another by Harvard, Princeton and Duke.

Butler will eventually have ten or 12 of its current top two classes playing college football for free somewhere. We’ll keep you posted.

--Stan Olson

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