BOISE — Boise State landed 2015 verbal commitments from quarterback Brett Rypien on Saturday, linebacker Kyler Manu on Sunday, and on Monday added wide receiver Akilian Butler, a 5-foot-10, 181-pound speedster out of West Mesquite High in Texas.
The momentum from the commitment of Rypien, one of the highest-rated QBs in the nation, paid off quickly.
"My relationship with (wide receivers) coach Junior Adams, the system they run and the commitment of Brett (Rypien),'' Butler said about the main factors in his decision. "(Rypien) is a great quarterback and it seems like he's a great person, too.''
Butler turned down offers from Colorado and Clemson, he said, but said other programs such as Arkansas, Nebraska, Utah and Arizona State were showing interest. West Mesquite coach Jeff Neill expects others to offer, but said Butler doesn't plan on future visits.
Last season, Butler led the Wranglers with 446 receiving yards and added 107 on the ground, scoring five total touchdowns. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds three weeks ago.
"Akilian's an extremely explosive player," Neill said. "He's a really good athlete. We used him in all our motion packages, speed sweep packages, used him in the backfield, too."
Butler is rated a three-star prospect by major recruiting sites. BSU freshman safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner is an ex-teammate at West Mesquite.
Butler has not yet visited Boise, but plans to do so next weekend or in early May. He hopes to bring his brother, Josh, a 2015 cornerback who holds Boise State, Baylor, Michigan State and Notre Dame offers.
"I definitely want what's best for him, but I'd love to have him play with me,'' Butler said.
BSU'S 2015 COMMITMENTS
OL Garrett Larsen, 6-4, 250, Fruitland HS
WR Akilian Butler, 5-10, 181, West Mesquite HS (Mesquite, Texas)
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