Peachtree Ridge's Butler follows in father's footsteps, commits to


Well, that was quick.

Two days after being offered a scholarship by Georgia on his official visit, Peachtree Ridge punter/placekicker Drew Butler committed to the Bulldogs on Tuesday morning.

The first-team All-County performer had said he would take some time to think about his college choice before verbally committing.

Apparently he didn't need much time. Butler chose the Bulldogs over two ACC schools with strong academic reputations, Duke and Wake Forest.

"Actually I was a little flustered Sunday night," he admitted. "But Monday night I talked it over with my dad (Kevin) ... and it became a clear decision that I was going to Georgia."

He added: "It is my dream school."

Of course it is. After all UGA is where his father, Kevin, become an All-American and a legend as a placekicker for the Bulldogs.

Now the son will try to follow in the father's footsteps. Sort of.

Butler, who served as both punter and kicker for the Lions during his high school career, is being recruited solely as a punter by the Bulldogs. Though there's a chance he could one day compete for the team's placekicking job, he will start out 2007 competing for the spot as starting punter.

"I'm a punter and he was a placekicker," Butler said. "Since we play two different positions I don't know how much pressure there will be. At least, that's the way I feel about it anyway."

And how does he feel about his future team?

"It's the in-state school," Butler said. "And I can keep the legacy going and hopefully I can punt well and help Georgia win a national championship."