well then, let's wrap things up before OSU offers.
also, i hope it isn't the michigan coaches telling him that he's look good in "blue and gold."
Pickerington (OH) North tight end Jake Butt recently was named as the #96 overall prospect in the Rivals250, and he's seen his recruitment take off in recent weeks. Butt now holds offers from Michigan, Boston College, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCLA, and a handful of MAC schools while also generating interest from Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin. I caught up with Jake this week to talk about his recruitment, top schools, and upcoming visit to Michigan:
ACE: How many offers are you up to at this point, and which schools have been in contact with you the most lately?
JAKE: I'm up to 18 offers, and the most contact I've been getting is from Michigan—I've gotten a lot of stuff [from them]—Tennessee, Northwestern, Purdue, Maryland, and Iowa.
ACE: You've said that Michigan was your leader in the past. If you had to make a top five right now, which teams stand out to you the most?
JAKE: My top five would have to be Maryland, Northwestern, Michigan, Tennessee, and Stanford. Michigan I'd say is my leader just because of the attention I've been getting from all the coaches, and they said I'm the number one tight end on their board. They've got the number one quarterback in our class committed, Shane Morris, he's a beast. There's just a lot of plusses going on with them. But it's still early, so it's all subject to change.
ACE: You mentioned Shane Morris. Has he been making his recruiting pitch at all to you, and if so, what's he telling you?
JAKE: Yeah, I've been talking to him a lot. He's got like 6,000 followers [on Twitter], so he'll tweet me and get all his little followers, Michigan fans, to really show their love. [They'll say] "I want to see you break records with Shane Morris when you go there," or "I want to see you catching touchdown passes from Shane," and stuff like that. I'm going to be going up [to Michigan] this Saturday and he's supposed to be there with some other recruits.
ACE: I know you've been to Michigan a couple times before. Is there anything specific you're going to be looking for this weekend?
JAKE: No, just kinda getting to know my position coach, Coach Ferrigno, a little bit better, spend a bit of time with him. Then get to see the campus, talk to some of the academic advisors, just kinda get a feel for what life is like up there.
ACE: You mentioned the coaches talking about using you as a tight end. I know with Michigan they use their tight ends in multiple ways. Do the coaches talk a lot about what your role would be like there?
JAKE: They said that they could use me at multiple position. They could use me anywhere from receiver, with a foot on the line, tight end with my hand down, or fullback even. They have a U-back and a Y-back, something like that, they have two different tight ends and they said I could play either, so I'll be playing both if I go there.
ACE: What else have the coaches been telling you when they're recruiting you?
JAKE: Different little things like "I can't wait to see you in the blue and gold," or "you'd look great in the winged helmet." They sent me an article about some of their top tight ends that they've had. Five different coaches have come down to the school, and I've talked to five different coaches by myself, too, so they're showing a lot of love there.
ACE: I've seen a concern among Michigan fans after you said the Wolverines were your leader, and that's with you not holding an Ohio State offer yet. Growing up as a Buckeye fan, if Ohio State were to come into play, how do you think that would change the landscape of your recruitment?
JAKE: You know, Ohio State is definitely a great school. They've got a lot of good things to offer. Urban Meyer is a great coach. That being said, there's a lot of great coaches out there and there's a lot of great programs out there. I like the fact that I got early offers and my early offers definitely stand out having thought of me on top of their list. I wouldn't worry about if from some of the fans's standpoint, I guess, because I'm going to pick my early offers over my late offers any day.
ACE: You just mentioned the early offers being important. When it comes down to making a decision, what else are going to be the main factors when you ultimately decide on a school?
JAKE: The early offers are kind of like a tiebreaker, it's not that big of a deal. Definitely academics is a big deal, having a good football program with a good tradition is a big deal. Then somewhere my parents want me to go. Someone told me that you want to pick a college where if you were to get hurt playing football, you can see yourself living there without football in your life, so that's another factor.
ACE: Other than coming up to Michigan this weekend, do you have any other planned visits or schools you'd want to check out?
JAKE: As of right now I don't. I'm just waiting for basketball season to end before I take other visits, but I'm going to have to get down to some schools because some schools won't give you an offer unless you show you're willing to make the trip down there, so I'll be going to some other schools too.
ACE: In terms of a timeline for when you'd want to get your recruitment wrapped up, do you know when that would be?
JAKE: Probably before next football season I'd like to get it done, but if not, I can wait until after.
ACE: How's basketball season going for you?
JAKE: Pretty good. I'm the leading scorer and rebounder for our team. I think I lead our team in steals, too, so it's going pretty good. Our team as a whole is kinda underachieving, but that being said, I set the bar high for us. I'm the only guy returning with experience right now. We had ten seniors last year, so we lost all of them, and those were our top ten guys other than me, I was the sixth man off the bench. We really don't have any experience coming back, but we're 11-8 right now and we've got a tough game coming up on Friday, too.
ACE: Just to go away from the football field and the basketball court for a second, what's one thing about yourself—whether it's a hobby that you've got outside of sports or whatever—what's something outside of sports that you think people would like to know about you?
JAKE: I'm a leader. I've been selected, not for sports, but for other activities, for leadership conferences. As a sophomore I was one out of four kids in our school that got to go to a leadership conference at Ohio State, and I got selected to a school leadership program called Sunny Side Up in our group where you have to get nominated by teachers other students from your school to go there. You get a three-day trip where you go down you get to do different things, leadership-building activities and such, so I got to do that.
ACE: It sounds like that would obviously translate well to the field and help you there.
JAKE: Yes, sir.
well then, let's wrap things up before OSU offers.
also, i hope it isn't the michigan coaches telling him that he's look good in "blue and gold."
I cringed when I saw that.
"No, just kinda getting to know my position coach, Coach Ferrigno"
way is this telling?
Emphasis on the "my position coach"
I noticed that as well. Very telling...
I belileve the "my" referred to "position," not to "coach." As in, the guy who coaches my position. I wouldn't read into that.
In the way he's already calling Ferrigno HIS position coach not THEIR position coach.
Edit: Sorry, I should have kept scrolling before I replied!
WTF where is the tradition? Maize and Blue! I feel bad for the coach that said blue and gold once Hoke finds out. Next they'll be calling OSU Ohio State.
to be pulling a "Terelle Pryor" move. I think it was just a mistake on Jake's part. Easy to give him a free pass on that one.
TP: "I'll be attending The University of Ohio State."
Officially the dumbest kid to ever to through that program.
Lets hope something got lost in translation there b/c I can't see the coaching staff selling it as the "blue and gold". That being said, our helmets do have wings.
Edit: well I see I'm not the only one to have been surprised by that comment.
that "they've got the number one QB committed to our class" (paraphrasing and re Shane Morris).
I think "they've" might be more telling than "our" since all the recruits are the "class" of 2013.
At this point, i think Jake is definitely a must get. I feel like he could be close to committing, however i think he doesnt want to pull the trigger to fast incase OSU does come calling. Hopefully our early offer does mean alot to him like he says it does though. I believe this is one of the circumstances where the coaches need to push him to an early committment, becasue if not, his spot could be takin up pretty soon. What do you guys think?
I knew everybody would be focused on that one comment. First of all, I highly doubt anyone on this coaching staff is calling Michigan "the blue and gold." Second, chill out, guys. It was one short sound-bite in a relatively lengthy interview. He's got 18 offers and he grew up as a Buckeye fan; it can't be easy to keep all the recruiting pitches straight right off the top of his head.
Well, at least you anticipated the reaction.
how he is got some good skills on the basketball court as well. Leading scorer, rebounder and in steals? I think that will translate well to the multiple roles that the coaches are talking to him about. Receiver, U-back, Y-back, on the line, hand on the ground...sounds like this kid can do it all.
It seems like we have a lot of guys who have a high interest in Michigan but aren't ready to commit anytime soon. A lot of these guys seem to want to take the Summer to make visits and everything. I feel like the BBQ could be a big date for commitments.
begs to differ.....(about who is the dumbest player to attend OSU)
So Shane Morris is getting all of his followers to commit recruiting violations?
Seriously though, I know athletic departments keep warning their fans not to "recruit" players on twitter and facebook, but there's no way in hell the NCAA would actually do anything about it.
They would if you are involved with the university in any way, such as being student, alumnus, donor, employee, etc. If it were just some random Joe not affiliated with the university, I don't think there's anything anyone can do in that situation.
That's still a pretty big list, and you can add season ticket holders to that list.
You are right, every school would violate that protocal. There is no way you can check on everybody. Does it mean i am a booster because i donate to the alumni foundation?
Nice that we average joe's still have some benefit in this life. Honestly the kid sounds like every other teenager, taking it all in. I only get excited when a guy like pipkins commits quickly as he has maize blood for sure. Im relatively certain they all know about hoke's policy of no visits after commitment, so that would make them all think twice about doing anything early. So many tight ends we've offered if we miss here, i trust our coaches to develop "marginal" (thanks be to urbz) players into the Jake Ryans' of the future.
I really liked what this kid has to say. Sounds like another good, level-headed and talented player. Its really refreshing to see the type of players Michigan is going after. Its so easy to cheer for them, and its really fun to follow their recruiting process. Hope we can get Jake to sign soon! Morris, Shallman, Treadwell and Butt would be a great offensive haul!
Brings up a good question for you, Ace. How is it that we're seeing so many well rounded, level-headed kids who are so well spoken lately? I know that this is certainly the type of kid that we should be going after, but until the coaching staff actually talks to him, there's no telling what he's like without some sort of "clue" from someone. I'm guessing its the HS coaches that are the conduit for this type of background, after the stats and skills are established. Is this a product of good relationships between the staff and the HS coaching community?
There's certainly an emphasis at this point to bring in high-character recruits; that's been made quite obvious by this staff.
The other thing I think is a factor is that there's now unparalleled coverage of these athletes—especially for free, not just here but all over the internet and on the radio—which allows us to get a deeper insight into these players. I think Michigan recruited a very high percentage of high-character players in the past, but we just didn't hear that much about them. As we get more and more access to these guys, the stereotypes surrounding football players are starting to melt away.
Is this year (or the past two years) really that different? Probably—as I said, there's definitely that new emphasis—but I don't think it's as big a difference as people think. Instead, it's more a factor of being able to get to know these kids on a certain level before they hit campus that most people didn't have access to even a couple years ago. The hallmark of these past few Michigan teams has been, in my opinion, their remarkable likability off the field. That didn't just happen overnight.
Sounds like a good kid and a heck of an athlete. Impressive that he was the sixth man as a sophomore on a team with ten seniors. This is at a school in the largest division and one of the tougher conferences in Ohio. I'll let the team color gaffe slide.
So he was randomly selected for a leadership conference at OSU, eh? Do we have any leads hip conferences at Michigan that perhaps Butt, or Bosch, or LTT could speak?
In one sentence he said he'd favor his early offers over his late offers, but in the next sentence he said " early offers would be like a tie breaker, it's not that big of a deal". Color me confuzzled.
I think he meant, if all other factors are equal, he'd favor a team that offered him early over a team that came in later. That's probably a smart way to go about it if you're going to use that as a factor; there are bigger issues to take into account when picking a school, but at the same time he's showing some loyalty to the schools that have done the same with him. I do think, at this point, it's going to take a big push from another school to overtake Michigan considering the other factors he's mentioned and the fact that they were one of the first schools to heavily recruit him.
I know Jake and his family as soon as OSU or Notre Dame offers Michigan is out. (His grandfather played at ND)
Your history on the blog proves your word is gold.
How'd THAT prediction work out for ya?
Nice goin.....BONE HEAD.
has anyone ever called you Sir prior to this?
welcome to OLD
Haha. Several recruits have called me "sir" since I took this job, and it's taken me a while to get used to it. The one that really got me, actually, was getting called "Mr. Anbender." I've had to break out the "Mr. Anbender is my father" line more times than I'd like to mention recently.
Considering I'm still shocked that people born in the 1990s can legally drink these days, it's taken something to wrap my head around all this.
the Mr.____ is my father line only makes you seem older. its best to ignore it completely on the outside and go home and count your old pokemons and weep, silently.