Will Putnam (Student Sports / The Opening)

Hawkeyes host blue-chip 2019 OL

One of the very best sophomores in the Midwest, Chatham (Ill.) Glenwood offensive lineman Will Putnam, talks about his Sunday junior day visit to Iowa.

William Putnam is a powerful offensive lineman who has become known for his de-cleating pancake blocks.

Only a sophomore, the Chatham Glenwood product already holds 11 offers all from power-five programs. Iowa is one of those schools and they hosted Putnam on Sunday for their junior day.

"We got a tour of the facilities and Kinnick Stadium," he said. "They held a very nice junior day. One thing that stood out to me was being able to meet coach [Tim] Polasek and hear his philosophy on offensive line."

Polasek is the new offensive line coach at Iowa and offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz is an offensive line guy himself, so those are the two men Putnam spoke to the most.

"I talked with coach Brian Ferentz, coach Polasek and recruiting coaches throughout my visit. At the end of my visit, I was able to sit down and talk to head coach Kirk Ferentz. They said how they are very interested in me and think I'm a great player. The offer is very solid and they want me to play football for Iowa."

With all those offers, Putnam will be hitting the road to see several of the schools on his list in the near future.

"I have visits planned to LSU, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Nebraska," he said. All of those programs have offered.

He would also like to get back to Iowa at some point.

"Right now I don't have another visit planned to come back to Iowa, but I had a great visit today so I would like to get back on campus."


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