The Huskers continued their run of defensive commitments on Monday.
Jimari Butler, a 3-star outside linebacker from Mobile, Alabama, has committed to Nebraska. He announced his decision on Twitter.
— TenXVI💞 (@ButlerJimari) December 16, 2019
The athletic linebacker with great length (6-5, 217) saw his recruitment take off as his senior film made the rounds to coaches around the country. He was committed to Tennessee when he visited Lincoln for his official the first weekend of the offseason. The visit to Lincoln was a game-changer for Butler and he left the Vols class shortly after returning home.
The Huskers have made adding edge rushers a priority in the 2020 class. They have another fast-rising prospect who returned to the football field this year for the first time since eighth grade. Butler’s motor, bend and strength off the edge make him an intriguing prospect to develop in defensive coordinator Erik Chinander’s defense. With his frame, Butler could easily hold another 30-plus pounds.
Butler held around a dozen scholarship offers. They most notably included TCU, Tennessee, Maryland and Illinois. He is the 19th known commitment for the class of 2020. Butler is the eight commitment of the last nine to play on the defensive side of the football. JUCO WR Omar Manning is the lone exception.
Butler is scheduled to sign this week and enroll in the summer.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.