Utah Recruiting: Granger vs. Box Elder High

I scouted the Box Elder High vs. Granger High football game Friday night to check out 6-7 defensive end/ tight end Matt Putnam, one of the most touted Utah recruits who recently verbally committed to play for BYU.

I also got a chance to watch his teammate Beau Herbert, a 6-3 speedster with definite Division I prospect. I actually met Herbert's parents and grandmother first in the top row of the bleachers, the best vantage point for my video camera. Let me warn you this is not a good idea if you're standing behind Herbert's family. They spend more time on their feet than sitting down.

Herbert is a 195-pound wide receiver/running back recruit that apparently runs a 4.31 forty. His father insists he can run 4.2. I can't verify those numbers, but I know Herbert is very explosive.

Although he doubles as a running back for Box Elder, his future is definitely at wide receiver and is being recruited by BYU, Utah and Oregon on a consistent basis. He has also received a scholarship offer from Utah State. According to his father, Herbert is receiving letters from a lot of PAC-10 and Big 12 schools as well.

His father said Utah coach Urban Meyer has taken a strong interest in him and his son currently lists Utah as his current favorite. He added that Oregon has also shown a lot of interest and attention as well. His father noted Beau wants to go to a college that really wants him.

Herbert is LDS, but has no mission plans and his father said playing for a school with an LDS environment will not factor into his son's decision.

At halftime I met Greg Putnam, the father of Nate and Matt Putnam. Nate is currently a Utah State linebacker and younger brother Matt has opted to play for cross-town rival BYU. Greg Putnam was proudly wearing his Utah State hat, but added his BYU hat was at home and that he rotates them.

He said he was very happy with his son's decision to commit to BYU and mentioned that he loved the coaching staff, the environment and the team, in general. In fact, the entire family drove to Provo to personally let Coach Crowton know that Matt would be signing a national letter of intent to play for BYU in February.

Putnam was named the No. 1 recruit in the state of Utah by ESPN prep recruiting analyst Tom Lemming.

Greg said they decided to deliver Matt's verbal commitment in person because it made the commit more official for them, adding they felt they owed that to Coach Crowton and his staff.

The senior Putnam said it was very hard for Matt to call Utah coach Urban Meyer and tell him that he wouldn't be playing for him. He said the family grew to really like Coach Meyer and feel that he was doing some great things at the University of Utah.

On the field, Matt Putnam could pass as one of the Denney boys. At 6-7 and 230 pounds, he is extremely athletic for a player of his stature. He played defensive end and was in the backfield all game long. On offense, he played wide receiver well. His athleticism is obvious and impressive. Greg Putnam said he would like his son to play defense in college.

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