Posted: 6:42 pm Friday, January 21st, 2011

Seminole Ridge LB/FB Tyler Butler commits to Colgate 

By Jeff Greer

Seminole Ridge senior linebacker/fullback Tyler Butler verbally committed to Colgate on Thursday night.

Butler (6-2, 225, No. 25 on the Big Board) picked Colgate and its near-full ride over UCF, which offered the senior a preferred walk-on spot. Butler visited Colgate, which is located in Hamilton, N.Y., last weekend (Jan. 15-16) and thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It’s such a great academic school and it has a great football program,” Butler said of Colgate. “That’s rare to find at any college. I just liked it a lot.”

Butler said UCF had two players ahead of him on its recruiting board, and chances of him earning a scholarship weren’t high enough to lure the tough-running, hard-hitting senior away from Colgate.

“I just saw it as, I can play and get a great education (at Colgate),” Butler said. “The chances of me getting that scholarship offer from UCF … it just wasn’t worth risking it.”

It was a difficult decision for Butler, who said he always wanted to go to UCF. He’d been considering UCF strongly, but the offer to play football (for a lot cheaper) at Colgate was too good to turn down. Because Colgate doesn’t offer athletic scholarships, Butler still has to pay a small amount of tuition and board but at a considerable discount.

Butler would be a Bright Futures student if he were to stay in Florida, which he said gives him a nice backup option if things don’t work out at Colgate. But for now, he’s excited about his decision.

“It just makes a lot of sense for me and I’m really excited about the opportunity,” Butler said.

In his senior season, Butler ran for 805 yards and 12 touchdowns for a Seminole Ridge team that reached the regional finals. He was a Palm Beach Post All-Area First Team selection.

Verbal commitments are non-binding, and players can sign official letters of intent on national signing day, Feb. 2.