September 24, 2008

ASU showing increased interest in Putton

Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus offensive lineman Chris Putton is arguably the best offensive line prospect in the Phoenix-area without an offer from Arizona State.

The No. 27 recruit in the state by, Putton reported that UNLV offered a scholarship in February and then in July Arizona offered. He has been hearing from many teams in the region, including the Sun Devils.

"I have been getting letters and stuff from a bunch of different schools," Putton said. "I have been talking to ASU a lot of late.

"I have already made a couple of unofficials down to UofA. They are a good school. I got to talk to Coach Stoops. I could see myself playing there.

"Colorado is a school I am kind of looking at as well. I don't know that much about them. They have been sending me a lot of letters.

"I also have been hearing from Oregon."

Putton earned first-team all-region honors last season. The Cobras have outscored opponents 106-31 in the early going this year.

"Our season is going pretty good," Putton said. "We are 3-0 so far. We really want to undefeated this year and I really believe that we have the talent to do that."

Putton is primarily focused on his senior season, though he hopes to pick up more offers with continued strong play.

"I haven't really thought about taking official visits yet," Putton said. "I want to see who offers me. I was planning on making a decision before the season is over. So If I do that I will probably decide sometime in December.

"I really like ASU. Coach (Dan) Cozzetto is recruiting me. I have actually been talking to him a few times over the last couple of weeks. I am trying to get some of my film to him. If ASU offered me I would definitely want to visit there before I made a commitment."

The 6-foot-4.5, 280-pounder reports a bench max of 325 pounds, a squat max of 450 pounds and a 40-yard dash of 5.01 seconds. He lines up at left tackle for Cactus but could project at guard at the next level.
Putton said that he isn't concerned with where he's recruited to play along the line.

"[Schools] haven't really talked to me about what position I would play (along the offensive line)," Putton said. "When I was down for ASU's camp this summer I worked out at left and right tackle in the pass rush drills. I really don't care where I play, as long as I get to play."

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