Jabari Butler transferred to Penn State from FCS Abilene Christian this past offseason, and joins the team as a walk-on with a better resume than most. The junior cornerback had scholarship offers from Rice and Wyoming coming out of high school, but opted to play for Abilene Christian University. He had a stellar freshman season in 2015, highlighted by 6 interceptions and the honor of being named Southland Conference Freshman of the Year. He followed it up with a sophomore slump, appearing in only 6 games in the 2016-17 season that may have encouraged him to find a change in scenery.
A Maryland native, Butler went to Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Along with his ball-hawking skills displayed during his freshman year, Jabari Butler brings elite speed running sub 4.4 in the 40-meter and a personal best of 10.85 in the 100-meter dash.