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Sandy Creek defensive end Brandon Putnam’s commitment to Duke remains intact, though Georgia Tech continues to pursue him. “Who’s still recruiting me? Just Georgia Tech,” the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Putnam said when asked about the subject. Putnam, an AJC’s The Georgia Top 150 selection who committed to the Blue Devils in July, cautioned against reading too much into his decision to attend Tech’s season opener against Jacksonville State last month. “And I’ll probably go to some other games in the area,” he said. “I just love football.” Putnam witnessed Duke’s 41-31 victory over Navy in Durham, N.C. on Saturday. “It’s nice there, with everything going on,” he said. “There’s a lot of new tradition up there. Duke is definitely moving forward and not backwards.” Putnam said he tentatively plans to be at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Oct. 4 when the Jackets host the Blue Devils.
Sandy Creek has six seniors with college offers, and it may have more before the season is over. The high-profile prospects are quarterback Rio Johnson (committed to East Carolina) and defensive end Brandon Putnam (Duke). Others offers include defensive lineman James Hervey from East Carolina and Ohio University, safety Russell Bonner from Buffalo, linebacker Matt Solomon from Eastern Michigan and linebacker Alex Green from Charleston Southern. “We’ve got a long list of colleges that have requested film as the season progresses,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker said.
Sandy Creek quarterback Rio Johnson, who committed to East Carolina, will be very busy over the next days. On top of football-related activities with Sandy Creek, Johnson will be attending Georgia Tech’s game on Thursday night with his teammate, defensive end Brandon Putnam, who has committed to Duke but is still being recruited by the Yellow Jackets. On Saturday, Johnson will be at Georgia’s game as a guest of Oconee County quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who has committed to the Bulldogs. The two quarterbacks became good friends after attending camps together over the years. “Yes, he’s a good friend,” Mettenberger said.
Sandy Creek defensive end Brandon Putnam, who has committed to Duke, said he is hearing from Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Putnam is a member of the AJC’s The Georgia Top 150 “I’m still being recruited by them,” Putnam said. “I don’t know what is taking so long for an offer. I know I’m on their [recruiting] board. They want to see some senior film.” Tech has strong ties with Sandy Creek, alma mater of former Yellow Jackets All-America wide receiver Calvin Johnson. “Tech has a great program, Calvin has nothing but great things to say about it,” Putnam said.
Sandy Creek defensive end Brandon Putnam, who committed to Duke, said he is not surprised to see the Blue Devils have so much recruiting success this year. Duke, under first-year coach David Cutcliffe, has 22 commitments for its 2009 class, beating out more successful teams for many players. Defensive tackle John Drew of Columbus switched his commitment from Georgia Tech to Duke, and tailback Desmond Scott of Durham, N.C., picked the Blue Devils over offers from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson, Alabama, and Auburn, among others. “It’s the coaching staff … they are committed to winning and they guarantee success,” Putnam said. “Coach Cutcliffe is very serious about building a great program, and he feels like this [recruiting] class will be the one to turn things around.” The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Putnam is a member of the AJC’s The Georgia 150 and picked Duke over Arkansas, Minnesota and Stanford.