December 6, 2011

Michigan an option for Jake Butt

Pickerington (Ohio) North had its best football season in school history this fall. The Panthers finished the year with an 8-2 record, and although they missed out on the OHSAA playoffs, it was a step in the right direction. Junior tight end/defensive end Jake Butt played a big role in Panthers' success on the field. He had seven receiving touchdowns as a tight end, and ten sacks defensively.

Hard work on the field has resulted in good news off it four the 6-6, 220-pound two-way player. College coaches are intrigued by Butt's combination of size and athleticism. He can play on either side of the ball at the next level, and many of the coaches recruiting him aren't even sure which position they'd like him to play. He has received 17 scholarship offers from Division I schools. Six of them came in the last week, including one from Michigan.

He doesn't have a preference which position he'll play in college, even joking he'd add 70 pounds and play on the offensive line, if it would help him earn playing time. Midwest Recruiting Analyst Josh Helmholdt is , particularly as a receiver.

Butt grew up a fan of Michigan's biggest rival, but like many high school prospects, he insists that childhood fandom will play only a limited role in his recruiting process.

Michigan is one school that Butt has given a closer look this fall. He has been an unofficial visitor at two game in Ann Arbor, and has seen exciting victories both times. In September, he witnessed a 35-31 comeback against Notre Dame, and just a couple weeks ago, he was in The Big House to see a 40-34 victory that ended seven years of frustration against Ohio State.

Butt plans to take his time in recruiting. With so many options available to him during his junior year, he won't narrow down his list until the spring approaches.

When the time comes, Michigan is hoping to be on the list.

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