Top Ohio Safety To Visit Michigan

Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward junior safety Tony Butler talks Michigan interest, his potential visit to Michigan, what he's looking for on his visit, his chance to meet Jim Harbaugh and more.

Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward junior safety Tony Butler's status in the Buckeye state has risen dramatically these past couple months. The rising three-star has earned well over double-digit offers , and is continuing to gain the interest of top programs in his region.

Michigan, of course, is the latest to show interest in Butler's services.

In fact, U-M coach Chris Partridge has reached out to Butler earlier this month. And while no offer has been made, Butler says he's planning a trip to Ann Arbor in the next couple weeks to checkout U-M anyways.

"I hear so much about it," Butler said of Michigan. "Like, how big it is. How amazing the stadium is. How it's a different family there. I just want to see if that is really true. My good friend is a huge Michigan fan. He is always telling me how it is big family up there. I just want to see it for myself."

Butler, who is rated the top safety from Ohio, says when he does finally visit, he wants a chance to talk with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for the first time.

"I just want to talk about football," Butler said. "He knows what he's talking about. He competed at the highest level. He's been to the Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers. So he's been at the highest level of competing. Just talking with him would be an honor and blessing. Not just anyone can sit down and talk with a coach like that."

And if the Wolverines were to offer?

"Oh man, it would definitely be a blessing," Butler said of a U-M offer. "it would be the biggest blessing of all my offers, because of the rivalry of Ohio State and Michigan. If I got that offer it would be great. Because I'll know I can go with Ohio State or can against Ohio State. that's my mindset right now. I want to be with the hometown or go against the hometown.

"The offer would definitely be a big one."

Butler has a planned visit to Pittsburgh on March 21.

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