Pickerington (Ohio) North tight end Jake Butt lives a short drive from the Ohio State University, and has been on their campus several times before. Sunday he was in Columbus to attend the Buckeye's junior day and meet the new coaching staff.
"I met Tim Hinton before when he was at Notre Dame. He's the tight ends coach so I got a chance to talk with him and Luke Fickell, Mike Vrabel, Coach [Urban] Meyer and some of the other coaches down there," Butt said. "That was a pretty cool experience and obviously I got to watch Ohio State play Michigan in basketball, so that was pretty cool too."
The 6-6, 230-pound Butt holds 18 total scholarship offers, but has not yet picked up one from the Buckeyes.
"They had a lot of recruits today and it was a pretty busy day so we kind of were focusing on the facilities and different things, but I'll know more about [an offer] probably when they come down to school sometime this spring," Butt said.
A two-way star at Pickerington North, Butt could play the defensive end or tight end positions in college. Ohio State is leaning towards the offensive side based on where they have the most needs.
"They said that I am a football player, so either or," Butt said. "But they have recruited a lot of defensive ends, and when I go to their camp this summer I'll be going as a tight end."
After spending the day in Coulmbus, Butt's interest in Ohio State was furthered and he plans to consider them strongly.
"Definitely they are up there toward the top," Butt said. "It's a great school, they have good things going on for them there and they are definitely up there."
Sunday's visit was a last-minute trip and he has no other visits planned in the near term because his basketball schedule is pretty demanding at this point. Coaching staffs have been streaming through his school in recent weeks, though, and he has spoken with a couple on the phone.
"I talked to Virginia and Michigan," Butt said. "Virginia, I am going to go down to a junior day and they said once I get on campus they will probably offer me. Their coach coached Alge Crumpler and [Rob] Gronkowski too, so he's coached some great tight ends. He said I'm the kind of guy they want to stretch the field."