Already verbally committed to another school or not, under Jim Harbaugh, Michigan is looking for the right student-athletes to join the football program in Ann Arbor.
One Midwest talent, currently committed elsewhere, continues to hear from the Wolverines, 2016 Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward three-star safety Tony Butler.
Butler offered his verbal to Pittsburgh and first year coach Pat Narduzzi back in March but with other offers and interest rolling in daily the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder remains open to hearing Michigan’s pitch.
“It’s really just been calm and collective,” Butler said. “We still talk like every week, two times a week probably with Coach Zordich. He’s a great guy and my position coach also so that makes it even better.
“I’m going for a visit on June 20 with my mom so it’ll be my first time at Michigan and -- it should be exciting.”
Fully entrenched with roots in the state of Ohio, Coach Mike Zordich took to not only building a bond with Butler, but also with his mother recently.
“It’s definitely been a good relationship between us,” Butler said. “We talk a lot about not just football but about life in general.
“He talked to my mom a couple times and that was pretty neat, that’s something Pitt didn’t do. It’s going to be a great relationship I believe.”
Headed to Ann Arbor for that June 20 unofficial visit, Butler will return with mom and plans on showing her each and every aspect of the Wolverines program.
“Everything that I saw,” Butler said. “The campus, the big house, everything and just taking the process slow because I am still committed but I listed my schools as Rutgers, Maryland, Michigan right now.”
As for what Michigan can do to improve the chances of a flipped commitment, Butler indicates it’ll just be important to keep the communication open with everyone.
“Just continue what they’re doing now,” Butler said. “I’m definitely considering them and my old coach, Coach (Rick) Finotti is still up there and we talk a lot.
“With Coach Z and Coach Harbaugh up there it’s definitely an exciting time right now.”
Previously visiting the Wolverines in the spring, Butler had a chance to chat with Jim Harbaugh very briefly, a conversation that left an impression on the young man.
“While on my visit we talked for about five minutes cause he was still doing spring practice,” Butler said. “But it was a great conversation just about making the right decisions and making sure you do everything you can for your family and provide for them in a positive way and I think Michigan can definitely do that for me.”