Butler CC's Best Texas Bound

Butler CC's Best Texas Bound

Butler CC was once again one of the top JUCO programs in the country in 2012. Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Houston held commitments from three of the top players on this year's Grizzly squad. Go Inside with Butler Head Coach Troy Morrell as he breaks down a trio of talent with Texas ties…

Butler Community College in El Dorado, KS is a regular stop for coaches from all over the country. Since Head Coach Troy Morrell took over the program 12 years ago, over 127 Grizzlies have moved on to play college football after graduating from Butler. The 2012 season looks to have been no different.

Several schools from The Lone Star State have made inroads in El Dorado, as Texas A&M and Houston signed players from the Butler roster.

Linebacker Tommy Sanders is one of the jewels of this year's junior college class. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound sophomore held offers from Mississippi State, West Virginia, and Ohio State before signing with the Aggies.

"He has a great skill set as a linebacker," Morrell said of Sanders. "He has great size, instincts, speed, and change of direction. He has very good ability to blitz, and good understanding of pass concepts."

Sanders made 71 tackles in 2012, with 20 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks. He also made plays in the passing game, with 12 passes broken up and an interception. His efforts earned him an honorable mention to the NJCAA All-American squad.

"What separates him is he is such a good practice player," he added. "He brings such great intensity everyday."

Quarterback Billy Cosh led the Grizzlies vaunted Air-Raid offense to great heights in 2012 before suffering a knee injury in the championship game.

"Everything is set for him to go to Houston," Morrell said. "I don't know if they will have him sign and be on campus in January, or stay in El Dorado and do the rehab with our doctors."

Cosh completed over 60% of his passes in 2012 for the Grizzlies for 2,856 yards and 25 touchdowns. He could compete for the quarterback job in Houston if his rehab goes well.

The coaching carousel affects recruiting every year. Junior college players are no exception. With Tommy Tubberville's departure from Texas Tech, NJCAA All-American receiver Javess Blue's commitment to the Red Raiders is up in the air.

"He's going to be a May graduate, so he's got plenty of time to sort it out," Morrell said of the 6-foot-1, 195-pound wideout that led the Grizzlies with 65 receptions for 1,064 yards and 12 TDs. "He's one of the best wide receivers we've ever had here. He's athletic and got a great skill set."

In addition to Texas Tech, Arizona State, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss have all offered Blue.

"There will be more people that jump on him before its all over."

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