Recruiting heating up for Pickerington North's Butt

Pickerington High School North's Jake Butt is the top-ranked recruit in central Ohio from the 2013 recruiting class, and he might be getting closer to making his decision.

Already with 18 offers and ranked No. 96 among Rivals.com's top 100 prospects in his class, Butt took a visit to Ohio State on junior day, Jan. 29.

Less than a week later, after scoring 30 points to lead the Panthers boys basketball team to a 55-46 win over Gahanna (Feb. 3) on senior night, the 6-foot-6, 225-pound junior tight end implied that one of the schools on his list could be emerging to the forefront.

"Michigan has shown me a lot of attention so far," Butt said.

What Butt did last season was impressive enough. He spent time on offense at H-back and tight end and saw action defensively at both end and outside linebacker. He finished with 27 catches for 424 yards and seven touchdowns to help the Panthers finish 8-2 on offense and had 9.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for losses on defense.

His quickness and pass-catching abilities have turned him into one of the marquee tight end prospects in his class. He seems to move so gracefully for his size.

Butt said that four other schools -- Ohio State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and USC -- have told him that he's the No. 1 tight end on their respective boards.

One intriguing issue regarding Butt's situation is that Michigan got a verbal commitment from tight end Khalid Hill (6-3, 235) from Crockett Vocational Tech in Detroit on Feb. 6, according to various reports. Hill is one of three players to verbal to Michigan from the 2013 class.

Wisconsin also already has a tight end among its 2013 recruiting class in Scott Orndoff (6-5, 240) from Seton-Lasalle in Pittsburgh.

Ohio State, meanwhile, has locked up two players -- Middletown athlete Jalin Marshall and Trotwood-Madison cornerback Cameron Burrows.

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By: Jarrod Ulrey

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