2013 Prospect Has Become One To Watch

Despite only being an incoming junior at Pickerington (Ohio) North, defensive end/tight end Jake Butt is already getting some attention from BCS conference schools, including Ohio State. Butt participated at OSU's senior camp on Saturday and is in the midst of a busy summer that is allowing him to show off his skills.

The summer has certainly been a busy time for 2013 prospect Jake Butt, a defensive end/tight end from Pickerington (Ohio) North.

Butt has been to camps at Cincinnati, Bowling Green and Purdue before attending Ohio State's senior camp June 25. Then the next day he was scheduled to be in South Bend, Ind., to attend a camp at Notre Dame. Needless to say, Butt's recruitment is starting to heat up.

The unranked prospect already cuts an impressive figure at 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, and several schools are already taking notice. He has gotten offers from Buffalo and Bowling Green but is starting to get noticed by bigger schools as well.

As for the Ohio State camp, Butt raved about his experience.

"I loved the camp," Butt said. "There's a lot of kids here, so you really get a chance to evaluate yourself among talented individuals. It was a real good experience. There were a lot of good drills, too."

Butt also thought he fared well under the watchful eye of OSU defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Jim Heacock.

"I thought I was one of the better kids out there," Butt said. "Even being as young as I am, I thought I went out and performed well. I thought I did well in the pass-rush drills. I thought I was quick.

"There's a lot of room to improve, though."

Butt stepped up for the Panthers last season, making 47 tackles and recording 6½ sacks and 14½ tackles for a loss. He also lined up at tight end sparingly behind (and Vanderbilt signee) Darien Bryant last season, catching a touchdown pass on his lone reception.

He will likely play both ways this fall. As for where he will project at the next level, Butt said he's willing to do whatever is asked of him.

"A lot of schools have been telling me they'd like to take me at either position," he said. "Bowling Green for example said they could play me at any position, and they've already offered me. I've been working out mostly at defensive end, though."

As for Ohio State, Butt is admittedly interested. He grew up a Buckeye fan and the recently problems surrounding the football program have done nothing to dampen his interest in the school.

"It doesn't affect me at all individually," he said, adding that he has already met head coach Luke Fickell, Heacock and director of football operations Greg Gillum.

Time will tell if Ohio State is interested in Butt, but if so, the school seems to fit the bill in what he is looking for in a college.

"I'm definitely looking for good academics and one with a good football program with plenty of tradition. And close to home."


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