One of the biggest reasons the Pickerington North football team is being looked at as one of central Ohio's best teams this fall is the return of senior Jake Butt, a versatile two-way player who verbally committed to Michigan in February.
Another is that senior running back and defensive back Godwin Igwebuike also is back.
After wracking up offers to BCS schools like Duke, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Wisconsin over the past few months, the 6-foot, 180-pound standout verballed to Northwestern last week.
Last season, Igwebuike rushed for 1,046 yards and 14 touchdowns on offense and had five interceptions and made first-team all-district on defense.
"I was considering Duke, Wisconsin, Pitt and Illinois," Igwebuike said on a text message. "Northwestern was the perfect fit for me. Great academics, Big Ten football and awesome coaches and campus."
What kind of season might Igwebuike have this fall? With Butt seeing time at either wide receiver or tight end and with another Division I recruit, Chris Huhn (Western Kentucky), on the offensive line, the Panthers should flourish. Their only big question has to do with whether they can win a big game after never having beaten Pickerington Central or having won a playoff game in program history.
Igwebuike, who attended Central his first two years of high school, could help with both goals.
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