June 26, 2011
Local lineman shows well at camp
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - It was not the easiest path to the Ohio State camp for Pickerington (Ohio) North lineman Jake Butt over the weekend. He was supposed to show up at the two-day camp on Thursday and Friday but an illness kept the 6-foot-6, 220 pounder away and saw him lose close to ten pounds while fighting his ailment.
"You have to get out there and give it your all no matter what," Butt said of being sick. "(There are) no excuses."
The class of 2013 star was one of more than 300 athletes to make it to the camp that was held by the Ohio State coaching staff but also saw college coaches from all over the state of Ohio and across the region (mostly from the MAC conference). The Buckeyes also had several former players in attendance with the NFL lockout going on and that gave the players that much more in the way of instruction from people who are still 'in the game'.
"I had a really great time and got to come out here with a couple of buddies from my school and it is good experience to go through the drills and get your name out there to a lot of great coaches," Butt said.
The defensive line group was filled with players a year further along in school than Butt but the central Ohio product is even young for his class still only being 15 years old. He still possesses a frame that could carry much more weight and is one of the more intriguing members of his class from the state of Ohio.
Butt feels that he took full advantage of the camp and will be able to share the lessons he learned with players from his team who did not have the opportunity to make it to the camp.
"Mainly you get to evaluate yourself and other individuals and you get a lot of great drills that you can bring back to your school to help your fellow teammates and improve your team as a whole," Butt said.
Butt currently holds offers from Bowling Green and the University of Buffalo but it is still early in the process for a player who hasn't even started his junior year of high school.
"I already have two offers and I am looking to get a couple more in the fall hopefully. I am going to continue to keep working and continue to get my name out there," Butt said.
One school that most players from Ohio want to hear from is Ohio State and that is no different for Butt. But he was careful not to play any favorites when asked about it.
"I don't want to eliminate any schools by not mentioning them," Butt said. "Right now I just want to look around and find the school that is right with me with athletics and academics."
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