Butorac Developing Cougar Relationships

Skyline High School offensive lineman Jase Butorac was the only sophomore lineman to start on his state championship team. Since then the Cougars of BYU have extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-4-inch, 280-pound big man who gets personal on the field as well as off of it.

In addition to BYU, a number of other schools have expressed interest in offensive lineman Jase Butorac from Skyline High School in Washington.

"I've been doing a lot of Pac-10 inquiry stuff like Washington State, Washington, Oregon State," said Butorac. "I've also been down to Georgia and visited Georgia Tech just trying to check things out. I've been getting letters from them and have been talking to them for a little while, so I just wanted to go and check some things out."

In preparation for his final year at Skyline and for the next level, Butorac spends a lot of time in the weight room developing his physical prowess. Butorac is known for being a very aggressive lineman on the field, and furthering his strength will only ensure that he can continue to dominate at his position.

"Oh yeah, I go hard in the weight room and I pride myself on that because that's where it all gets done," said Butorac with a laugh. "My bench press is around 330 pounds right now. It's really gone up since the last time I've talked with [Total Blue Sports]. My squat right now is probably 500 pounds. The power clean is probably my favorite exercise. Right now I power clean 280. I try to really get after it in the weight room, especially with the schedule we have coming up."

This coming season Skyline High School will face Jesuit High School, which has its own BYU recruit in wide receiver Keanon Lowe. Skyline will also face Oaks Christian High School, a team featuring BYU recruit and top LDS linebacker Zac Stout.

"We've got a pretty big schedule this year," Butorac said. "We've got the best team heralding out of Oregon called Jesuit High School, so we know they'll be really good. Then we have to play a team out of California called Oaks Christian. I know [Skyline quarterback] Jake [Heaps] has talked about the linebacker from Oaks Christian and he's LDS too and he also likes BYU. I've heard Jake mention [something] about him before, so then on top of that we still have to play our own league games and those are never easy. It's going to be a hard year, but it will be a good year."

As for the recruiting process, offensive line coach Mark Weber is the BYU coach in charge of recruiting Butorac.

"We keep in touch quite regularly," Butorac said. "Whenever there's an opportunity we're usually talking. I try to keep in contact with BYU at least once a week. They're a big priority for me because they've offered me a scholarship, so I try to call and talk to them at least once a week."

Butorac was very complimentary of Coach Weber.

"When I talk to him you can definitely tell that he knows what he's talking about," said Butorac. "You can tell he knows so much about the game and about coaching the position. He's just a great, great guy and coach that I want to play for."

The Cougar coaches reportedly like Butorac's physical style of play. As a 15-year-old sophomore Butorac faced one of the top defensive linemen in the country in Kavario Middleton, who is now committed to the University of Washington. According to his teammate Jake Heaps, Butorac neutralized the 6-foot-6-inch, 270-pound future Husky speedster.

"Some of the things the BYU coaches have told me is that they loved my film and they really like what I do," Butorac said. "They like me a lot down there. I'm going to be coming down for Junior Day around June 4th."

The conversations between Butorac and Coach Weber aren't solely focused on football, and are often personal and funny.

"[Coach Weber's] just a funny guy and cracks jokes once in a while," Butorac said while laughing. "He's actually a really funny guy and we've had some fun conversations at times. One of the most important things is developing a relationship with your position coach. If I end up going there I'll be around him for four-to-five years, so you have to develop a relationship with the guy that's going to be spending a lot time with teaching you the game over the years."

Butorac has also had the chance to speak with BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

"He called me a couple of weeks ago when you have one call or something like that, so he called me and he just congratulated me on the offer," said Butorac. "He was the one that signed off on the offer because he liked what I did on the field and stuff like that. It was a really good conversation. I liked it. He was very serious and has a job to do and I think he takes his responsibilities very seriously. That was just the impression that I had in talking to him just that one time. I've never really had the chance to really get to know him as a person outside of football, but just from that one conversation we had I could tell he's a very serious guy and is serious about his job. I was very impressed by him."

Because they are both being recruited by BYU, Butorac and Heaps have talked about the Cougar program with each other.

"Jake and I talk about going down there and he has a lot of great things to say about BYU," said Butorac. "He's been a great help in all this and is really adapted to this process. I'm always asking him questions and suggestions about things. He's really encouraging me to go down there to BYU and check it out, and that's something I'm going to do pretty soon. He's a really good guy to have on your side. We're going down there … [for] Junior Day, so I'm pretty excited about heading on down there for that."

Butorac said he expects to see a family-type atmosphere at BYU based on what he has heard from Heaps.

"The people down are really great and the team is just all one team and all together, and I've also heard that it's a really nice area down there," said Butorac. "I'm sure it will be a great area and I'm excited to tour the campus. Jake loves the campus, and so those are some of the things that I've heard."

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