Pickerington North junior adds offer from UCLA, camps at Ohio State

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Pickerington North’s Jake Butt

Pickerington North defensive end/tight end Jake Butt was among the top 2013 prospects at Ohio State’s senior advanced camp on Saturday. Butt
(6-6, 225, 4.8) is starting to gather some attention in recruiting
circles and reflected on his time at the OSU camp.


Pickerington North defensive end/tight end Jake Butt was among the top 2013 prospects at Ohio State’s senior advanced camp on Saturday.

Butt
(6-6, 225, 4.8) is starting to gather some attention in recruiting
circles. He had offers from Buffalo and Bowling Green previously and
just added one from UCLA this week.

He reflected on his time at the OSU camp.

“I thought it was a great time,” Butt said. “There were a lot of
great athletes out there and there were also a lot of (college) coaches
out there as well. It was good to get my name out there.

“I talked to OU, Toledo and Bowling Green after the camp and I
also talked to (OSU assistant recruiting coordinator Greg) Gillum. They
all said they would be in touch.”

Butt had previously made camp stops at Cincinnati, Purdue and Bowling Green and was also due to hit a camp at Notre Dame.

“It’s great to be here and learn some techniques from the
coaches,” he said. “You can take those things back to your school and
share them with your teammates and also improve your own game as well.”

Butt, who boasts a 28-inch vertical leap, moved into the starting
lineup at Pickerington North as a sophomore this past year. He led the
team in sacks (6-1/2), tackles for loss (14-1/2) and fumble recoveries
(two) as North posted a 6-4 record. He was also fourth on the team in
tackles (47) and also deflected four passes and intercepted one.

“It was a good experience,” Butt said. “At first, the game went
really fast. But as it slowed down, I started to improve and it was
great to play with some older guys and be part of a great experience
last year.”

Pickerington North just missed the Division I playoffs, finishing ninth in its region in 2010.

“I hope we can maximize our goals as a team and make it back to
the playoffs and hopefully win a playoff game this year,” Butt said.

He also figures to see time on offense at tight end this season.

When asked which side of the ball he’d like to play, he said, “I
just love the sport of football. Anywhere I can play is fine with me.”

Regarding his top school choices, Butt said, “I like Purdue,
Northwestern, Ohio State, Buffalo, Bowling Green, UCLA and Vanderbilt. I
am definitely look for a school with good academics and a good football
program. I want to play somewhere with a good football tradition and
close to home.”

While some prospects are shying away from Ohio State because of
its ongoing NCAA issues, Butt said he is not worried about those
ramifications.

“I have grown up a Buckeye fan,” he said. “The stuff that is
going on right now will not affect me as an individual. I met with Coach
Fickell and the defensive line coach. I think it was a good day for
me.”

Butt is an outstanding student. He has a 3.8 accumulative GPA and posted a 4.2 in the fourth quarter of his sophomore year.

Click here for video of Butt in action from his sophomore year at Pickerington North.

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