Alas, it was not meant to be as Butler signed with the Wildcats today.
Butler, the No. 2 ranked defensive tackle in the 2019 class, is out of Whitmer High School in Toledo. Ohio State offered him just a few months ago, but interest deteriorated when the Buckeyes began focusing on other names such as Jaden McKenzie.
Ohio State does have several pledges from Ohio players this cycle, including defensive end Noah Potter, linebacker Cade Stover and offensive lineman Ryan Jacoby, who all signed with the Buckeyes on Wednesday morning.
In the past few seasons, Kentucky has attempted to poach away some of Ohio's best players, and have done so successfully in many cases, landing pledges from players such as Benny Snell, a Westerville product.
Defensive tackle was not a huge need for Ohio State this cycle, with the Buckeyes being especially deep at the position next year with players such as Davon Hamilton, Robert Landers, Tommy Togiai, Antwuan Jackson, Taron Vincent, and others pressing for playing time.