Butler Hearing From Big Ten, Interested in UM

Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward 2016 safety Tony Butler talks Big Ten interest, Michigan and more.

SAGINAW, Mich. -- Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward junior safety Tony Butler has the size – 6-foot-2, 195-pounds – and the speed to play at the next level. On Sunday, at Camp Pride’s combine, he proved exactly that.

Never shy from a one-on-one match-up, Butler walked away with camp MVP honors in his position group.

“I’m out here to prove Ohio football is the best football in the nation,” Butler said. “Just coming out here and going against the best from Michigan. I heard there is a No. 1 receiver out here, So I want to go against him, and show him how I do.”

Butler, who is a bigger defensive back, has caught the attention of the Big Ten and recently earned an offer from Iowa.

“It was huge because it was my first Big Ten offer,” Butler said. “So I hope it opens up more alley ways like Ohio State, Michigan State or Michigan. So, it was big.”

With the Hawkeyes offer in the fold, he says a visit to Iowa City will most likely happen this summer.

“I plan to visit probably in the summer,” Butler said. “Because right now I am trying to get my school together. So probably in the summer.”

Currently, Butler holds offers from Toledo, Miami (Ohio), Kentucky and Iowa. He says has set upcoming visit to Ohio State on Jan. 25 and Illinois on Feb. 28.

At the moment, Michigan has yet to show much interest in Butler, however, he says the hire of Jim Harbaugh should do wonders for U-M’s recruiting.

“I think that’s huge,” Butler said of the Harbaugh hire. “It’s definitely going to open up recruiting alleys for a lot of people. Hopefully they look at me, I am a big prospect. Hopefully I get that opportunity.”

Butler does admit he would like an opportunity to talk with Michigan’s newest headman.

“Real personal, I know he’s got NFL experience,” Butler said. “So he knows what he’s talking about. He’s a great guy. He led his team’s to the NFC championship game, so he knows what he is doing.”

What would he like to see on his potential visit to Michigan?

“I would like to see their facilities, schooling,” Butler said. “I want to major in physical therapy. I want to see how that is.”

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