NU Making Strong Push For Rising Junior

Northwestern is one of many schools—18, to be exact—which has extended an offer to Pickerington (OH) High School standout defensive end Jake Butt. The rising junior has only begun to evaluate each of his offers. Get the latest on Jake Butt in this recruiting update.

If you told Jake Butt he have 18 offers at this point, he wouldn't have believed it. The Pickerington (OH) High School standout is surely more than happy to be wrong.

Butt, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound defensive end, has collected offers from coast to coast, and is a hot commodity for college recruiting boards.

"This time a year ago, I didn't think I'd have my first offer yet," said Butt. "It's really getting crazy and it's definitely a humbling experience, but you got to keep working hard, because you can't be satisfied where you're at."

Butt's most recent offer came from Illinois and new head coach Tim Beckman, who also extended an offer on behalf of Toledo while serving as its head coach.

The defensive end also has offers from Northwestern, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCLA, and others.

Still fresh out of his junior season, Butt is only in the beginning stages of his recruitment. He visited a number of schools during the fall, and is starting to gather information.

"I haven't really started to evaluate," Butt said. "I'm trying not to focus on that and worried about getting to the weight room and making myself better."

Butt visited Evanston in October to see Northwestern's Homecoming game with Penn State. While on campus, Butt realized how Northwestern coaches really want him.

"They paid a lot of attention to me," he said. "When we ate before the game, I got to eat in Coach Fitzgerald's office with a bunch of commits and recruits. After the game, I got to stay in the locker rom and talk with the coaches. I got a lot of attention down there which shows a lot."

Butt recently got to see Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald along with Matt MacPherson, who has served as his lead recruiter. The two coaches came to Pickerington High School for a recent visit. However, it was a non-contact recruiting period, so Butt could not speak with the coaches.

On Wednesday, Butt is expecting a visit from MacPherson, who will come to the team's morning weight lifting session. Thus far, he has developed a good relationship with MacPherson and the Northwestern coaching staff.

"It seems like thy really like me and I like them," he said of the NU coaches. "They're really cool guys and great guys. They don't really come out to strong but they get their points across that they want me at Northwestern."

Butt is looking for a school with strong academics, but like any competitor, he is looking to win.

"The biggest factor is definitely going to be the football program," Butt said. "I don't want to go somewhere and not win the games I like to win."

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