Butler Benton III, a Detroit, Michigan, native and former four-year letterman as a running back at Cincinnati from 2004-07, enters his second season on staff and his first as the Director of On-Campus Recruiting.
Benton coordinates all recruiting special events, including all official and unofficial visits. He also mentors current student-athletes with a focus on personal development, academic performances and career planning.
The 30-year-old Benton arrived to Michigan State in March 2016 after serving as director of student-athlete enrichment at the University of New Orleans for a year and a half. In his role at New Orleans, he developed programming to assist student-athletes in their adjustment to college life. Benton monitored the academic progress of 125 student-athletes while constructing life-skills programming focused on community outreach, character and leadership development as well as health and wellness. He supervised the development of a five-year strategic plan for the athletics department and served as the sport administrator for track and volleyball. In addition, Benton acted as the lead administrator for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
He previously spent 15 months as the assistant director of player development, engagement and academic enhancement at Notre Dame. Benton assisted in implementing programming to promote the intellectual, social and spiritual development of Irish football student-athletes.
Prior to his stint at Notre Dame, he worked for nearly two years at Kent State as an internal operations assistant. Benton oversaw the academic progress for 50-to-75 student-athletes per semester while scheduling and coordinating community outreach events for men's basketball and football. He also worked closely with the marketing, group ticket sales and fundraising departments to increase fan support and brand awareness.
Benton rushed 379 times for 1,736 yards (4.6 avg.) and 11 touchdowns at Cincinnati, earning three of his four letters while playing for Dantonio. He also had 34 career receptions for 348 yards (10.2 avg.) and two scores.
As a senior in 2007, Benton led the Bearcats in rushing with a career-best 499 yards on 100 carries and scored two rushing TDs. He gained 101 yards on 12 carries in the season opener against Southeast Missouri State. Benton set career highs with 16 catches for 154 yards (9.6 avg.).
As a junior in 2006, Benton ranked second on the Bearcats in rushing with 497 yards on 108 attempts (4.0 avg.) and his four rushing TDs tied for the team lead.
In 2004, he finished second on the team in rushing with 453 yards on 100 carries (4.5 avg.) and scored four TDs. Benton set career highs with 25 rushes for 127 yards against East Carolina.
He earned his bachelor of business administration in finance from Cincinnati in December 2008 and received his master of arts in sport and recreation management from Kent State in May 2013.
Benton, a three-time all-city selection at Martin Luther King High School in Detroit, rushed for more than 3,000 yards during his prep career.