With room to add to their 2022 roster, Penn State is apparently open to adding to their defensive line.
Almost immediately after announcing his intentions to transfer from Miami (OH), Penn State became first program to extend an offer to defensive end Kam Butler.
Butler would bring experience to the Nittany Lions defensive line, having started three of his four seasons at Miami. He finished last season with eight sacks, good for sixth in the MAC, and was fourth in the conference with 12 solo tackles for loss. Butler totaled 53 tackles and also forced three fumbles in 2021. Getting more advanced, Pro Football Focus gave Butler a 79.3 overall defensive grade.
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Last season, James Franklin added Temple transfer defensive end Arnold Ebiketie and that worked out well as he finished the season with 62 tackles and 9.5 sacks and they’re hoping that Butler joins them and can have the same impact.
Nittany Sports Now caught up with Butler after he received the news of the Penn State offer, also receiving offers from Virginia and Ole Miss.
“This is definitely not what I expected (after deciding to transfer from Miami),” said Butler. “I expected some interest from Group of Five schools. Once I was reached out to by schools like Penn State and other Power Five schools, it definitely excites me.”
“The Penn State offer is a big deal in my eyes. I’ve grown up watching college football and have always known about Penn State’s history and culture. I was contacted by Coach Diaz and another member of the defensive support staff. He talked to me about their defensive scheme and how it would be a good fit for me. He also talked about his track record with defenses and recruiting great defensive talent.”
The NCAA Transfer Portal adds more players every day and with rosters filling up, does Butler plan to make a decision soon or wait to see if he receives other interest?
“I’m going to wait until later on in the semester,” said Butler. “I expect to get a couple more offers and more interest. But Penn State is definitely a school I would love to visit.”