Gopher Head Coach Jerry Kill has always felt in order to win a game, you need to be good in all phases of the game. The special teams department this past season was huge with their All-B1G punter Peter Mortell and the kicking game being solid as well. Another position most overlook and don’t even pay attention to is the long snapper, but Minnesota has been keeping tabs on one of the best in the nation with Scottsdale (AZ.) Saguaro senior long snapper Jordan Butler. He updates the latest with his recruitment and his contact with Special Teams Quality Control Coach Jay Nunez.
“I have heard from Minnesota, Texas Tech, Louisiana Monroe, Missouri, Cincinnati, U-Mass and Boise State. That is no top list, but it’s more of you contacted recently. I’m very interested in Minnesota. They were the first offer, so I will always be interested, but all those schools have about the same interest. Coach Nunez writes me every week. He tells me how the team is doing and progress they make each week.”
The 5-10, 195-pound special teams recruit has narrowed down the main factors he is considering in a school and when a decision could be coming as well.
“I am looking for a scholarship and a good fit for me,” said Butler. “What makes a school a good fit is an opportunity to play as soon as possible. I feel like I could easily start as a freshman with my current skills.”
“I plan to towards the end of the school year, long snappers don’t get offered till later, so I’m going to see all my choices. I am still waiting for a school to step up and show they want me the most.”
Butler saw his high school career end on a remarkable note as they ran the table, but he isn’t satisfied yet and is working to keep improving.
“My season went great,” said Butler. “We went 14-0 with a state title and continued a 27 game win streak! I had all perfect snaps and unfortunately I had only half a tackle due to the fact we had only 3 yards returned on punts.”
“I train in the whole off-season for 9 months, 5 days a week for 2 hours a day to improve. Each day by snaps are faster and more accurate, the plan is to make sure the coaches don’t have to worry about me when I step on the field and that will be perfect.”