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Ohio State: Will Buckeyes flip Cavon Butler from Kentucky?

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Toledo Whitmer defensive tackle Cavon Butler is taking an official visit to Ohio State for The Game. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Recruiting Question of the Day

Ohio State: Will Buckeyes flip Cavon Butler from Kentucky?

Have a question about Ohio State recruiting? This is the place for you, five days a week. Submit your questions on Twitter or on the Lettermen Row forums. Check in daily to see what’s on the mind of Buckeyes fans all over the country. Today’s question is about Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer defensive lineman Cavon Butler.

Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day

It’s a safe assumption that’s Cavon Butler, the 3-star, three-tech defensive line prospect from Toledo Whitmer High School, who is up for discussion.

Butler, who committed to Kentucky in August, is a 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman, was offered by Ohio State in early October. When he was, every single crystal ball prediction attached to his name flipped from the Wildcats to the Buckeyes.

There’s always been a catch with Butler, though: Academics. There’s been no doubt he can play football, and in fact, Ohio State began recruiting him well over a year ago. But there was little confidence that he could right the ship academically in order to get into the school. Butler put his nose to the proverbial grindstone, though, and he’s put himself in a position where Ohio State felt different than it previously had, which brings us to now.

Butler was supposed to visit Kentucky in early November, but he didn’t. He still will make a trip there in the future, as he needs to take an official visit with the Wildcats. He also wants to take official visits to Michigan State and Alabama, but at this point, there’s been no date set for either. He will visit Ohio State this weekend along with two other defensive tackles being recruited by the Buckeyes, D’Von Ellies from Maryland and Jared Harrison-Hunte from New York.

In my mind, Butler is the most likely of those three to verbal to Ohio State and has the highest ceiling of the group. I think he’d be the preference if the Buckeyes were tasked with picking one, but he may also have the lowest floor because he will need to prove himself to be consistent on and off the field.

As far as what happens from here, I believe that as soon as Butler is able to commit to Ohio State, he will. That may not be until February, though, if that’s how long it takes for every hurdle to get cleared.

If the green light to commit isn’t turned on until then, he’ll see other places after being in Columbus this weekend. That said, I think any other trip Butler takes is a formality and will be done as a kind of backup plan in the event something goes awry with Ohio State.

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Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for and and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.

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