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Butler basketball recruiting news: 2017 guard Jerald Butler commits to the Bulldogs

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The Butler Bulldogs have had a good week in the recruiting world. First, it was revealed that they remained in the mix for four-star guard Alex Barcello of Arizona last week. Then, Wabissa Bede included the Bulldogs in his final five schools as well. Now, they learned that they have scooped up a talented 2017 recruit who is a perfect fit for more than one reason.

Jerald Butler, a three-star point guard from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, announced on Friday morning that he has committed to Butler University.

Landing Jerald Butler means that the Bulldogs have their second commit of the Class of 2017. Butler joins Cooper Neese of Cloverdale, Indiana, who committed back on December 8, 2015, in the Bulldogs’ 2017 class which should get a bit of a boost now after finding itself down at No. 9 in the Big East and No. 60 in the nation prior to Jerald’s commitment.

If you have read into anything about the pursuit of Butler, it should come as no surprise that he decided to commit to the Indianapolis-based university. 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions had all 11 picks made for the Bulldogs dating back to July 30. He had received offers from the likes of Vanderbilt, FIU, Wyoming, Chattanooga, Old Dominion and Florida Gulf Coast among others but Butler was the place for Butler, evidently.

Future150 raves about Butler’s athleticism, ability to finish through contact and score on all three levels of the floor per his player page, calling them all strengths as well as a host of other plusses. Needless to say it would appear that the Bulldogs made a splash on Friday morning.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Sunshine State hooper is ranked in the Top 20 in the state and Top 50 at his position via 247Sports’ recruiting rankings.