CALABASAS, Calif. (BVM) — Aaron Butler has become one of the very best players in the state of California at Calabasas High School. And his ability to play both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and a cornerback has made him even more coveted.
The high school junior is the No. 42 player in the country for the 2024 class according to 247 Sports.
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He has always had a leg up thanks to growing up around his NFL-caliber father.
Robb Butler played three seasons in the NFL with stints in San Diego, Baltimore and Kansas City. But despite having a dad in the pros, that is not necessarily how Aaron fell in love with the game.
When he was five years old, his dad gave him and his older brother the option to begin their football careers. Aaron said no, while his brother said yes.
It was then, at his brother’s first game, that Aaron knew he wanted to make football a part of his life for a long time.
The experience of hearing the fans cheer and seeing the ebbs and flows of the game was enough to get him hooked.
“I fell in love with that,” Aaron said. “I was like, ‘You’ve got to sign me up.’”
Shortly after, he got on the field and started forming aspirations of his own. When he was seven years old, he set a personal goal to get into the Hall of Fame, a goal he still has to this day.
“My dad said, ‘I’m gonna go to the NFL.’ He never thought about the Hall of Fame, Pro Bowl, none of that. It was never a dream nor a goal even while in the league,” Aaron said. “Just taking it a step further is a big goal for me.”
While still a ways away from professional football, Butler took a big step in January with his commitment to USC.
“It’s a great platform to go be a legend and to go be a god in the program,” Aaron said. “That’s something I want to do.”
Aaron is one of the most confident athletes in the junior class, but for good reason. He possesses the natural talent needed and pairs it with a relentless work ethic.
At just six years old, he began training for his football dreams, working out for multiple hours every day. Now, he is just focused on continuing along the path.
“I have to stay the course of making sure my grades are good, staying on my attendance and being respectful and responsible,” Aaron said. “The football will take care of itself.”
For Aaron, the mental health aspect of a premier recruit is just as important as his on-the-field craft. He goes as far as meditation to make sure he is in the right space to be the best person he can be.
“It puts you at peace,” Aaron said of meditation. “If you have a certain determination, a desire, a passion behind something, it allows you to get to what you’re trying to get to.”
For Aaron, that determination is winning. Whether that is for the rest of his prep career, in Los Angeles or in the NFL, he enters each season with the same goal: to win the championship.