One player Michigan fans won’t have to worry about visiting other programs this fall is Pickerington (Ohio) North tight end Jake Butt. He plans on being in Ann Arbor as many Saturdays as he can.
“As many games as I can this fall, as many games as I can be in that Big House,” he said about his fall plans.
It was an eventful offseason for Butt, who had several scholarship offers to play tight end, defensive end or athlete. Following his Michigan commitment, Butt participated in a Nike Training Football Camp and The Opening out in Oregon in July.
“I learned so much going out to Oregon, going to the Nike camps and just from the coaches,” he said. “The game really slowed down. The first game I ever played I don’t even remember, and now I’m reading the defenses and my knowledge is increasing.”
Butt’s focus is on his senior season now as the opener is just a week away. A late-season slide cost Pickerington North a shot at the playoffs despite its best record ever and left a sour taste in the 6-foot-6, 231-pound tight end’s mouth.
The upcoming senior season has also caused Butt to put the recruitment of other Michigan targets on hold a little bit, too. When he does get a moment, though, he’s been talking with the Wolverines’ two top targets, both of whom are ESPN 150 prospects.
“We’re trying to get Laquon [Treadwell],” Butt said. “We’re working him and our recruiter Shane [Morris] is in there always trying to do his thing. If there’s a chance I’ll get in there.
“[Derrick Green] we saw him at the BBQ. We were throwing balls with him, running around, trying to convince him to come to Michigan, because that’d be sweet if we had him running behind the line that we got.”
The 2013 Michigan class, which refers to itself as #Team134, is already a close-knit group, and Butt considers it one of the tightest in the nation from what he has seen. He will have to put his friendship on hold with one of the other commits, though, this season.
Butt’s friend Taco Charlton is a Michigan commit but also a defensive end for rival Pickerington Central.
“We started last season,” Butt said about the preseason verbal jabs with Charlton. “We thought we should have beat them last season, so of course you know there’s going to be some trash-talking.”