Nevada Preps defensive players countdown — No. 5

Desert Pines’ Jordan Butler comes in at No. 5 on our list of Southern Nevada’s top defensive players.

To create the list, we spoke with coaches from the Mountain and Desert Regions. A couple of the base questions were: “Who is the top high school defensive player today?” and “Who would you pick to start a team?”

Then we grabbed the statistics from last season, looked at the player’s collective rankings on recruiting websites and used our own judgment to fill holes.

Nevada Preps Defensive Players Rank: Desert Pines’ Jordan Butler No. 5




6 feet, 3 inches; 310 pounds


All-State Honorable Mention, Class 3A All-State First Team, All-Southern Region First Team, All-Sunset League First Team (2017); Class 3A All-Sunset League Second Team (2016)


Butler has scholarship offers from Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Southern California and Vanderbilt.

Last Year’s Stats

Butler had 30 tackles last season for the Jaguars.

What they are saying

— “He is a beast. We need to trap him more than we did,” a Mountain Region coach said. “He’s so aggressive and he’s so big and he comes so hard. He gotta find other ways, traps, cutting, whatever we can to get him out of the play.”

— “He’s very talented, explosive,” a Mountain Region coach said. “He’s going to be one of the anchors of (their) defense.”

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