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Brice Butler to rejoin USC squad

Receiver Brice Butler has decided to rejoin the Trojan football team after announcing in January he would transfer to an FCS school.

The redshirt junior sat out of the Trojans' five-week spring practice schedule but continued to attend classes at the university. He told reporters in March that he was considering a return to the team but admitted that he had not yet discussed the topic with USC coach Lane Kiffin.

Kiffin maintained throughout the spring that Butler would have to make the preliminary reach-out to him to return. He apparently did just that.

"We are pleased with Brice's decision to continue his development as a student-athlete at USC," Kiffin said Monday in a statement.

He had previously narrowed his choices down to Tennessee-Chattanooga and Delaware, where he would've been eligible immediately this fall.

Without Butler, the USC receiving corps was undermanned throughout the spring. There were at times only two scholarship receivers available for practices, with Robert Woods, Markeith Ambles and Kyle Prater all missing portions with a variety of injuries and off-field issues.

Butler, a native of suburban Atlanta, has recorded 29 receptions for 404 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons as a Trojan. He had only nine catches and one touchdown as a sophomore in 2010 after being beat out by Woods for a starting spot in fall camp.