Class of 2013 defensive end Jake Butt lives just outside of Columbus in Pickerington, Ohio, so he has a strong appreciation for the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry. On Saturday he saw that rivalry in-person during a visit to Ann Arbor.
"The game speaks for itself," Butt said. "It came down to the wire again with some controversial calls, which always plays into the drama of a good game. It was just an amazing experience overall."
The 6-6, 220-pound Butt has already accumulated 11 scholarship offers. The Wolverines have not yet offered, but he is receiving positive feedback from their coaching staff and was able to talk with their defensive coordinator, defensive line coach and linebackers coach on Saturday.
"I've been talking with their coaches a lot and I hope to get [an offer] here over the winter," Butt said. "They are looking at me a little bit on defense and a little bit on offense as a tight end/slot receiver. It doesn't really affect me what side of the ball I play on."
Saturday was Butt's second time visiting Michigan this fall. He attended their night game against Notre Dame in September and has come away from these visits with a positive impression of their program.
"Michigan is a beautiful place and I love the campus," Butt said. "I drove down there Friday night so I got to walk around and I loved it down there. They have a great program, great tradition and they're building something great down there."
Butt attended Ohio State's home contest against Penn State the week prior, and expects to attend several junior days when colleges start hosting those.
In the meantime, Butt is transitioning from his high school football season into his basketball season. He helped Pickerington North's football team to an 8-2 record, leading the team in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, sacks and tackles for loss.
"It was a little unfortunate we didn't get to make the playoffs," Butt said. "It was our best record in school history, so there's nothing to be ashamed of there."
Butt's 11 offers have come from Bowling Green, Buffalo, Duke, Iowa, Kent State, Maryland, Northwestern, Purdue, Syracuse, Toledo and UCLA.