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Covington Catholic linebacker is on Kentucky's radar

The home front is always one of the most popular topics in Kentucky football recruiting.

We know about some of the Cats' top in-state targets who have offers or who have been well-known for months. But there are others, like Kameron Butler, who will have every opportunity to emerge as major UK targets.

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Butler is the No. 5-ranked prospect in the Commonwealth according to Rivals.com's recent Top 15 in Kentucky list.

He's got early offers from Ball State, EKU, Marshall, Miami-OH, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky. That's the kind of list, especially given the Vanderbilt offer, that often precedes an offer from a Power Five in-state school, especially in the case of a program like Kentucky, which will be bringing in a big class in the 2018 cycle.

Throw in the fact that linebacker is a position the Cats are likely to target in a significant way and it's no surprise that Kentucky's coaches are already looking closely at Butler.

Butler's 6-foot-3, 220-pound build is impressive and his production last year was as well. He had more than 60 tackles and five interceptions on defense, returning two of those picks for scores. He returned a fumble for a touchdown as well. On offense Butler caught just seven passes but scored three touchdowns on those limited touches.

"I went to (Kentucky's) junior day not too long ago," the three-star prospect told Cats Illustrated this week. "My favorite part was getting to know the coaches and getting a chance to see the new facilities."

John Schlarman has served as Kentucky's recruiter for the Commonwealth, and even now with Dean Hood manning the eastern part of the state Schlarman will still heavily recruit most of the rest of the Cats' backyard.

Butler said he spoke at length with Matt House and Schlarman while at that junior day.

"Both are very intense and know a lot about the game and that's what I like about them," the Park Hills (Ky.) Covington Catholic said.

But how much interest does Kentucky have?

"They've told me they have interest but they want me to come down more for spring practice," Butler said.

Butler told Cats Illustrated it's too early to say whether he will camp at Kentucky this summer. He does know of some other visits coming up in the near future, though.

"I'll be at Vandy and Memphis the next couple of weeks. I've been to WKU, Miami (Ohio) and Ball State," he said.

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