The University of Pittsburgh Panthers continued to build their 2017 recruiting class on Sunday, landing a verbal commitment from 3-star wide receiver Dontavius Butler.
247Sports grades Butler as the 209th prospect in the state of Florida and the 202nd recruit at the wide receiver position in the country. In his junior year at American Heritage High in Plantation Florida, he caught eight passes for 168 yards and one touchdown. He averaged an impressive 21 yards per game with his longest reception being 70 yards.
Measuring in at 6-foot-2 and approximately 200 pounds, he brings a good balance of size to the wide receiver position. However, it’s likely that scouts have not seen enough from him in one year of varsity play to grade him very highly. His junior year was his first and only varsity year.
Pittsburgh has a good reputation of producing NFL talent, even some of the best. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis are both Pitt alums who have been among the most productive at their position in the NFL over the last several years. Running back LeSean McCoy is another Pro Bowl level player who came from the Panthers.
Despite producing big names, the Panthers have not dominated the ACC. Since 2010, their record has fluctuated from 8-5 to 6-7 and back again. They lost the Armed Forces Bowl in 2015 and the Military Bowl last season.
Butler in the 10th recruit to sign on for Pitt in the 2017 class, headlined by 4-stars Todd Sibley and Paris Ford.