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NCAA inquiry into top recruit's adviser will continue

The NCAA’s investigation into Brian Butler, a rapper turned athletic trainer and recruiting adviser, will continue for the next few weeks, according to a high school football player who was questioned.

Mike DeCesare, the NCAA’s assistant director of amateurism certification, met with the player, Colby Duranleau, and his mother for an hour on Friday morning in Wichita, Kan., to talk about Butler. Duranleau trained with Butler before they had a falling out. Butler is the adviser to Bryce Brown, considered the nation’s top recruit by some recruiting services.

DeCesare met Thursday with Brian Byers, who coached Brown at Wichita East High School. The interview with Byers was believed to have focused on Brown’s relationship with Butler.

Butler, who is with Brown on a visit to Louisiana State, said in a text message Friday that the NCAA had not contacted him.

“I can understand their concern,” Butler said. “I think Bryce will be a top player in college football. And if I was them I would want to know that people around him have his best interest at heart.”

Butler said Brown made a commitment to Miami, which is no longer recruiting him. Brown is considering Oregon, Kansas State, Southern Cal, LSU and Tennessee.

Clemson recruited Brown at one point.

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