Last week was a big one for Future247 defensive end/tight end Jake Butt regarding his recruitment.
The four-star prospect out of Pickerington (Ohio) North, added scholarship offers from Syracuse, Duke and Northwestern.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Butt’s previous offers were from UCLA, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State and Toledo. He camped in Evanston during the summer and Northwestern assistant Bob Heffner recently attended a Pickerington North practice. The Wildcats see Butt impacting their program on offense.
“I love the offense they run there,” Butt said. “It’s a pressure offense, hurry up, and they get the ball to a lot of receivers. They like to tire out the defense and I love the tempo they have. It fits the type of player I am.”
One of the top 2013 recruits in the state of Ohio, Butt racked up a team-high 14.5 tackles for loss including 6.5 sacks, to go with 50 tackles as a sophomore. This fall through seven games, he has a team-best nine sacks, and on offense he’s caught roughly 20 passes for 350 yards and four touchdowns.
A 3.8 student, Butt is real excited about the potential he’d have attending Duke.
“Academics is a huge part of recruitment for me,” Butt said. “I look at academics very strongly and Duke is top notch. They’re top in the country. It’s a great school and it’d be a great opportunity for me.”
Syracuse making the move from the Big East to the ACC has also caught Butt’s eye.
“They’re a great football program,” he began. “They’re going through a transition right now and we’ll see how they handle adversity. It will tell a lot about their school. I’m going to talk to their coaches for the next few years and hopefully build a strong relationship with them.”
Butt’s grandfather played football at Notre Dame for Frank Leahy, and the Irish are the program standing out early. He’s looking to make it back to South Bend before the season ends or for a junior day in the winter. Other schools Butt is hearing from include Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Kentucky, Miami, Stanford, Oregon, Cincinnati and Purdue.
“(Notre Dame) is at the top but I’m open to a lot of different schools,” Butt said. “I want to go on a lot of visits before I pick favorites.”
This fall, Butt has been to Ohio State and Michigan. He does not have any future dates set in stone. Besides Notre Dame, Michigan State and Northwestern are two other campuses he mentioned as possible trips.