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Illinois offensive tackle Will Putnam is one of the top offensive lineman in the Class of 2019.
Despite only being a sophomore, Putnam (6-foot-4, 265 pounds) holds offers from Georgia, Iowa, LSU, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, UCLA and Pitt.
Today, Putnam made the trip to Pittsburgh and spent the day with the Panthers football program.
“Today was one of the better visits that I’ve ever been on. I got to see everything from obviously practice, to position meetings, to coaches, the campus, the field where they play at. I was pretty much able to see everything associated with Pitt football,” said Putnam.
Since he had such an extensive visit, I asked Putnam what stood out most about the visit?
“The university was a lot different than I thought it was. How the campus was laid out, its’s not in the middle of the city but it’s close enough, yet far away enough. There’s just so many opportunities at Pitt in the city of Pittsburgh. Plus with all the academics, it’s just something you don’t really think about. With all these things, there’s just so many opportunities at the University of Pittsburgh,” said Putnam.
Another thing that impressed Putnam was watching Pitt offensive line coach John Peterson at Panther practice.
“I really liked Coach Peterson and his enthusiasm whether it was on the field or in the film room. His enthusiasm and his line getting after it just shows how he is as a person. I thought it was a good practice today and I took a lot away from it.”
Speaking of enthusiasm, I asked Putnam about his conversation with “Mr. Enthusiasm” Pat Narduzzi.
“He was just telling me “Pitt is It” whether it’s about football or academics and how Pitt just sets you up for after football whenever that is. I got to talk to him a little before practice and during but really with him after practice. His message was that they want me to play football at Pitt and how Pitt was the best place for me and how I fit in with the Pittsburgh culture.”