Bower and bevy of BYU recruits on the move

A number of BYU's most heralded recruits are currently on the move in efforts to improve their collective stock and skills.

Jacob Bower, the highly touted quarterback prospect from Meridian, Idaho, was selected to participate in the Elite 11 quarterback tryout that began today in Southern California.

The Elite 11 camp showcases those whom top national recruiting experts regard as the Top 11 Quarterback recruits in the country. If Bower makes it, he'll be attending a camp in Las Vegas later this summer.

His step-father Robert Carlson told "he's going down there with his mother and we're very excited for him. Hopefully, he can make it. He doesn't get a lot of exposure in Idaho, so we think it is a good opportunity for him."

Bower will likely stop in Provo en route back to Meridian following the Elite 11 tryout. "I do know that he plans on being there. He really likes BYU," Carlson said.

Another top recruit that has been offered by BYU is Matt Putnam from Brigham City, Utah. Putnam is a 6-7, 225-pound defensive end/tight end prospect who is already receiving rave reviews nationally.

ESPN's prep recruiting guru, Tom Lemming, last this week in a website article that "Matt Putnam is the top player in Utah. He also plays tight end, but has the quickness and aggressiveness to stay on defense in college. Putnam has a big frame and could end up weighing 280 in a couple of years. I was really impressed with Putnam and consider him a four-star talent."

Putnam will showcase his skills at BYU's camp next week according to his mother. Putnam has received a lot of attention from Oregon, Washington, Nebraska, Michigan, Colorado and Stanford -- with firm scholarship offers from BYU, Utah and Utah State.

Other top recruits likely to be at BYU's camp next week include wide receiver Austin Collie, Ray Feinga, Terrance Brown and Thor Pili, among others.

According to Lemming, "Ray Feinga (6-5, 285) from West Valley City Hunter might be the best player in Utah. He wants to stay on defense, but a lot of people think he would be an All-American offensive tackle or guard, but he wants a shot at staying on defense for college. I think he has All-American potential. A 3.4 student, he's heard from BYU, UCLA, Notre Dame, Stanford, California and Southern California."

The ESPN recruiting guru also lauded "Thor Pili (6' 5", 235-pounds) as another great defensive end prospect (6-5, 235) from Orem Timpanogos. This guy's the real deal. Pili piled up 15 sacks and 105 tackles last year. The big-time talent is muscular and could mature into a pass-rusher with All-American ability. He's already received offers from Stanford, BYU, Nebraska and Utah," Lemming said.

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