Tigers make big first impression on top-100 OL

Tigers make big first impression on top-100 OL

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Tigers make big first impression on top-100 OL

4-star Will Putnam details Monday's visit to Clemson

Last Wednesday, Clemson extended a scholarship offer to Tampa (Fla.) Plant four-star offensive lineman Will Putnam, a top-100 overall prospect in the 2019 class.

The offer led to Putnam making his first visit to Clemson on Monday with his parents.

“Clemson, they’ve had great success in the past few years,” Putnam told The Clemson Insider. “Getting an offer from a program like that is amazing, so that’s definitely the reason we wanted to get up and visit.”

Putnam, who is ranked as a top-five offensive guard nationally, arrived to Clemson on Sunday night ahead of Monday’s visit. He began the visit at around 9:30 a.m. before departing from campus at about 5:30 p.m.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder toured the campus, facilities and Memorial Stadium, met with the coaching staff and took in the Tigers’ spring practice.

“I had a great visit,” Putnam said. “It was a great day.”

Clemson’s coaches talk all the time about the competition within the team that makes everyone better.

Putnam witnessed that firsthand while watching the Tigers battle in the trenches.

“The practice was definitely a high-energy practice, a lot of enthusiasm, which is awesome,” he said. “I thought being an offensive lineman, it was great, because they’re going against great competition every day against the D-line.”

Putnam spent most of the day with offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell and also chatted with head coach Dabo Swinney.

“I think their main message was just their importance of family, unity, just doing the right thing and always keeping the standard in mind,” Putnam said. “They have a very high standard there, but just the importance of family was really big.”

Caldwell sees Putnam as a versatile lineman capable of playing any position up front.

“When it comes to where I’d play, I think really I’d play wherever I’d fit best with their offense and where they think I’d play best at,” Putnam said. “Whether that’s tackle, guard or center, it doesn’t matter.”

Putnam is scheduled to visit Auburn and Florida State on March 30 and 31, respectively, before traveling to Texas A&M on April 7.

With its offer, Clemson joined the likes of Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas A&M on his list.

Putnam isn’t planning to commit during the spring, though he doesn’t intend to wait until February’s National Signing Day to make his decision, either.

After experiencing Clemson, he is already thinking about returning to campus.

“Clemson is definitely a school I’m interested in,” Putnam said. “I can definitely see myself coming back up for a visit sometime later, either in the spring or sometime in the summer.

“I had a great first impression with the coaches. I just loved everything they had to say. Obviously it’s a well-run program, so I’m definitely interested.”

What intrigues him most about Clemson?

“I would say how down to earth it is, being such a big-time college football program,” he said. “Just how down to earth the coaches are and just the community and the team is. That’s one of the biggest things that stood out to me.”

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