WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – Earlier this month, Jake Butt announced on Twitter that he would coming back for his senior season at Michigan instead of declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft.
Not an easy decsion to say the least.
Considering, his decision comes on the heels of being named Big Ten tight end of the year. After a season in which he led the conference with 48 catches for 620 yards at the tight end position, to go along with his three touchdown catches.
He was also named All-Big Ten first teamer by both the coaches and media and was named an AP second-team All-American.
So, yeah, his decision to stay understandably didn’t come easy.
On Monday, Butt further explained his decision to stay, and the relief he has now that his decision is behind him.
“I was pretty excited to get that out way,” Butt said. “My focus was never off Florida (this Friday). But now that everything is out of the picture, no one is asking me. So it’s definitely enjoyable.”
However, Butt admits his decision to stay didn’t come easy.
“I was kind of leaning towards it, but obviously there was a lot of talk on whether I would stay or whether I would go,” Butt said. “I kind of wanted to get back with coach (Jim) Harbaugh, and I talked with coach (Jedd) Fisch the night before on the phone. I was about 90 percent sure I was staying. But once I talked to coach Harbaugh I knew then and there I was going to come back for my senior year.”
What was Harbaugh’s message to Butt?
“He wanted what was best for me,” Butt said. “I knew that, even though I have only been with these coaches for a year, I really trusted their opinion. And they kind of just laid it out for me, they are from the NFL, they talked to some G.M.’s for me and they kind of figured out what people were saying around the league. So based on what they told me, and what me and my dad understood form the conversations, we decided it would the best decision to come back.”
Butt says he is in the “process” of working on his insurance policy for next season.
Michigan (9-3) plays against Florida (10-3) this Friday at 1 p.m.