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Old 05-25-2015, 03:04 AM   #1
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Default 2016 Commitment - Will Putnam

6-5, 270 OT from Hickory Ridge High out of Harrisburg, NC. Coach Elliott offered him last week, and he's planning to make a visit in mid June. His other offers are from Coastal Carolina, Elon, Charlotte, and Gardner Webb. Per GamecockCentral he is on commitment watch:

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Putnam said Hickory Ridge coach Marty Paxton had recently sent some of his game footage to the Gamecocks, and South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott called Thursday to follow up.

“Coach Elliott wanted to get my height and weight, and he was asking my coach character questions and other thing to get to know what kind of guy I am,” Putnam said. “Then (Elliott) said he didn’t need to see me in camp (at South Carolina). He said he saw all he needed to see in my film, basically.

“Coach Paxton said, ‘Well, I haven’t heard you say that (scholarship) word yet.’ That’s when Coach Elliott said, ‘We’re offering him.’”
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Old 05-25-2015, 08:14 AM   #2
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no other D1 offers, huh?
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:01 AM   #3
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Default Re: 2016 - Will Putnam

Other D1 programs said he was too small. He will definitely need to add weight. Hopefully, he can add good weight without slowing down his footwork.
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Old 05-27-2015, 01:30 AM   #4
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Default Re: 2016 - Will Putnam

if he likes Columbia at the Showcase, he'll probably commit then.
They really like his film. He's a little on the small side now, but Matulis only weighed 275 as a freshman playing LT.....but he is 6'5" so he has the frame to add weight.
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6-5, 270 OT from Hickory Ridge High out of Harrisburg, NC. Coach Elliott offered him last week, and he's planning to make a visit in mid June. His other offers are from Coastal Carolina, Elon, Charlotte, and Gardner Webb. Per GamecockCentral he is on commitment watch:

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I'm not trying to demine the kid, but his lack of quality offers concerns me. We're competing with Costal, Elon, Charlotte and Gardner Webb for O-linemen now???
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I'm not trying to demine the kid, but his lack of quality offers concerns me. We're competing with Costal, Elon, Charlotte and Gardner Webb for O-linemen now???
pay sites say he has really good film......I was a little worried about his offers too till I read what they had to say about him.
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Default Re: 2016 - Will Putnam

If it were Feburary, 2016, I'd be worried about his offer sheet if we were scrambling to fill o-line positions. This early, however, I'd defer to our coaches' evaluation. A lot of posters on here were upset about JuJu Morris' lack of offers and stars last summer when he committed but I believe that 247 has made him a 4*.
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Old 06-03-2015, 06:23 AM   #8
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Default Re: 2016 - Will Putnam

Yea, I get it that he is only 270 lbs, but did anyone see his 2013 stats as a DE? 120 tackles, 11 TFL, and 3 TFL. That is pretty impressive for a HS sophomore. Plus he plays basketball. Elliot may have come across a good candidate. The current two top OL who are 5* are not much bigger than him, so from my perspective, his small list of offers don't mean squat about how good this kid could be. I'll take an athletic OL at this point and let the staff provide the guidance to develop his skill set and strenghth.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:50 PM   #9
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pay sites say he has really good film......I was a little worried about his offers too till I read what they had to say about him.
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Perfect fit for a zone read offense. He will only get larger and quicker. Tape is impressive. No idea why he doesnt have more offers.
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Perfect fit for a zone read offense. He will only get larger and quicker. Tape is impressive. No idea why he doesnt have more offers.
Now that we offered, those other offers are probably just around the corner.

It looks like a lot of schools are taking a hard look at kids that have really quick feet to combat against the speed of the pass rushing DE. Another position change that looks to be taking place is smaller and faster LB that can run and cover RB out of the backfield and short WR routes instead of the bigger slower run stoppers.
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Putnam does look good in his film and I feel good about being the first big program to go after him.
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Putnam does look good in his film and I feel good about being the first big program to go after him.

I maintain great confidence in our staffs ability to evaluate talent...On occassions i question their commitment to persistent effort on the recruiting trial...No doubt in my mind they know more about talent than Rivals and the bubble wrap for brains Saban worshipers at ESPN
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He sho likes to knock em down.
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I think they have worked harder in 2015 than ever before.....they got complacent and now they're out to prove those three 11 win seasons weren't a fluke....their professional reputations are on the line....
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I think they have worked harder in 2015 than ever before.....they got complacent and now they're out to prove those three 11 win seasons weren't a fluke....their professional reputations are on the line....

Thank you... dang glad to hear it
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He will be in Columbia tomorrow after the dead period ends......will pick between us and VaTech no later than Wednesday. We are in good shape here.

This is one of those kids we're hoping Elliott has a good evaluation on. We can't afford to miss especially on these OL.
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Shane Beamer has been working him hard. Seems his offer list picked up a little bit.
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Putnam gives USC a final look on decision eve

OL Will Putnam of Harrisburg, NC spent about four hours at USC Monday mostly with offensive line coach Shawn Elliott for one final look at the Gamecocks before he makes a final decision between them and Virginia Tech. Putnam said he will have his mind made up on Tuesday by 3:00 PM.
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well that bodes well.
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Anyone have a feel for what he is thinking? Sounds like a smart young man and we could definitely use him the next few years.
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