National Signing Day is just over a week away. With just a few spots left to fill in the class of 2017, the Ohio State coaching staff find themselves able to pay more attention towards talented underclassman from around the country.
Keeping a close eye on the recruiting trail for upcoming talent, the Buckeyes have dealt out numerous offers over the last couple of weeks to a decent amount of prospects in both the 2018 and 2019 classes.
Recently, one of the recruits to receive a chance to continue his education and football career at Ohio State was 2019 offensive tackle Will Putnam of Glenwood High School in Chatham, Ill.
Honored to receive an offer from THE Ohio state university! ️‼️ pic.twitter.com/yOWgG5UUp0— Will Putnam (@BigWillPut) January 18, 2017
“I found out about the Ohio State offer after my coach told me to call a number. Coach [Mark] Pantoni extended the offer to me. He said they really liked my film and how I played,” said Putnam to Land-Grant Holy Land on how he learned of his scholarship.
Living in the Midwest, Putnam, a four-star rated prospect, knows all about the Ohio State program and what it has to offer its players on and off of the football field.
“When I think of Ohio State football, I think of a tradition of winning. A tradition of making their athletes successful during and after college. To have a chance to play for Ohio State is an honor. So many great football players and football moments have come out of Ohio State. To have an opportunity to be apart of that is honoring.”
With nearly two years until he signs with a college, Putnam, who is currently considered the fourth best offensive tackle and 39th ranked overall prospect in the class of 2019, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, is starting to see his recruitment take off. While some recruits commit to a program very early on during the process, Will doesn’t seem to be one of those athletes.
Even though he’s locked in offers from not just Ohio State, but also from the likes of Georgia, Missouri, Northwestern, Illinois and Pittsburgh, he isn’t worried about naming leaders at this time. Playing his recruitment day-by-day, Putnam wants to learn more about the programs that have already gave him a chance to attend their university.
“At this time I'm looking forward to building better relationships with the schools that have offered,” he said of his recruitment.
With an offer from Ohio State now on the table, the next step for Putnam’s recruitment is trying to make it to Columbus to check out what the Buckeyes have to offer in person for himself.
“I have not planned any visits with any university yet. But with that being said I would like to get out to Ohio State sometime this spring.”