Following a breakout 2015 season, Michigan Wolverines tight end Jake Butt announced Tuesday he will return to school for his senior season.
Butt made the announcement on Twitter:
jake butt @JBooty_88
Speaking to reporters Monday, per Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free-Press, Butt said he was split on whether to return to school or go to the NFL: "I'd say it's 50/50. I can't say I'm leaning one way or another without talking to coach Harbaugh. I really want to hear his input on everything."
In the same report, Butt also stated he would need to be a "top-three-round" selection in the NFL draft to leave the Wolverines.
ESPN.com's Mel Kiper listed Butt as the No. 2 tight end prospect for 2016 on his positional rankings list, though he doesn't specify in which round the Michigan star projects to be taken.
This is great news for Michigan, which has won nine games already and has a chance for its first 10-win campaign since 2011 with a win over Florida in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1. Butt's return adds to a strong stable of impact talent coming back in 2016, per Alejandro Zuniga of MaizenBrew.com:
Alejandro Zúñiga @ByAZuniga
Next year, Michigan returns All-Big Ten tight end Jake Butt, All-Big Ten DB Jabrill Peppers, All-Big Ten DB Jourdan Lewis...2015-12-8 19:18:10
Under first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh, Butt set career highs in receptions (48), yards (620), yards per reception (12.9) and touchdowns (three) in 2015. He had a total of 41 catches the previous two seasons.
Harbaugh knows how to push all the right buttons with his teams, as he's done in stops at college and the NFL. Butt's talent was allowed to shine in Michigan's offense this season and will likely get better in 2016 with experience in Harbaugh's power scheme.