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February 5, 2014
Signing Day 2014: Evan Butts
Rankings: Three-star (5.5). No. 32 overall prospect in Pennsylvania in the class of 2014.
Other offers: Prior to committing to UVa in June, Butts had offers from Boston College, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Temple, among others.
The coaches, namely tight ends coach Tom O'Brien, wanted to see him run route and go through drills considering he had matured a great deal physically since UVa had seen him last. And Butts did not disappoint, making a few pretty catches and then impressing special teams coordinator Larry Lewis with his long snapping abilities.
In the end, head coach Mike London and O'Brien decided to move on an offer and Butts committed shortly thereafter.
And that makes the Keystone State native even more important, not only because of his versatility as a TE prospect who can long snap but also too because of his abilities to both block and catch.
With a good frame, solid athleticism, and a very good football IQ, Butts has the potential to be a contributor down the road. Though he's not likely to play right away, he could see significant time as a redshirt sophomore and beyond.