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Former top Butler target, Trevon Bluiett, reopens recruitment

Once considered a Butler lean and definitely one of the program’s top targets before he committed to UCLA earlier this fall, Trevon Bluiett has decided to decommit from the Bruins and reopen his recruitment.

The Indiana Junior All-Star a season ago announced his commitment to UCLA just a month ago and soon after the Bruins added another solid recruit as it looked like Steve Alford was building something very good for that 2014 class up in Westwood.

Bluiett, however, decided today that it just wasn’t a good fit for him. He has long been considered someone who wanted to stay close to home and it appears that will be a priority moving forward.

 

With that in mind, the schools that were involved with Bluiett before his commitment were Butler, Indiana, Michigan, Purdue and Xavier. The difference now, though, being that both Michigan and Xavier have since signed four-star players at his position.

So, the question now moves to who will be at the top of his list. It is hard to imagine he would want to go to a program with a player of his caliber already committed, but I would imagine Michigan and Xavier will still get looks and Xavier will still try to make a good case for him. Butler, Indiana and Purdue though still definitely seem to be in the running.

What about new schools appearing though? Don’t put it past Northwestern or Notre Dame to try to get involved.

Overall, at this point it’s really too soon to tell which schools will again make him a priority and which programs he will again give a hard look at. As far as Butler stands though, it really looks like they can again be at the top of the list. With just one player committed in the 2014 class not at his position, there is certainly room for him in the program.

Moving forward, this is definitely going to be interesting to follow this story. Butler was already in for a big recruiting weekend with Kelan Martin visiting, but now there’s even more at stake in the recent future.

 

This is just another chance at making what has been a somewhat disappointing 2014 class thus far a special one. Now it’s just time to seize the opportunity and get some momentum rolling.

Tags: 2014 Big East Brandon Miller Butler Indiana IU Purdue Recruiting UCLA Xavier

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