Putnam, an athletic defensive end, had a solid junior campaign, recording 62 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and three pass deflections. Putnam recently picked up an offer from Duke and is receiving interest from Louisville, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Alabama and Auburn.
"Brandon is a very good player," said Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker. "He's about 6-3, 230. He's a big, strong kid. We play him at defensive end on the tight end side. He's really good against the run and has a good motor and plays hard."
Putnam recently attended junior day at Georgia Tech. This weekend, Putnam plans to visit Auburn. "Louisville has been showing him a lot of interest," Walker said. "He's getting mailings all the time from a bunch of places."
Former Louisville assistant Ted Roof began to lay the recruiting groundwork for the Cardinals before leaving to become the defensive coordinator at Minnesota last month. Still, Walker expects Louisville to continue to recruit his three talented players.
"Coach Roof came by here and he has good ties here but since then he's left for (Minnesota)," said Walker. "I don't know how that will affect their recruitment of the (trio). We do still have a bunch of ties with Louisville. We have a stud wide out (Braxton Lane) and his father played for Coach Kragthorpe's father at Oregon State. So they know a lot about our guys down here so I think that's going to be good ties for them and us."
Lane, an honorable mention All-State selection by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, averaged 19.5 yards per reception as a junior. He caught 55 passes for 1,071 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Lane, 5-11, 185, has offers from Central Florida, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Indiana and Clemson. Rated a four-star prospect, Lane is ranked Scout.com's No. 20 wide receiver prospect nationally.
"He's a big-time wide receiver," Walker said. "He ran a 4.31 forty at the combine last year. He's goes up and gets the ball. He runs good routes and he gets a lot of yards after contact."
According to Walker, Louisville is also showing interest in Rio Johnson, an athletic 6-3 quarterback. Johnson completed 122-of-222 passes for 1,710 yards and 12 touchdowns with only six interceptions as a junior.
"We've got a quarterback that they like as well – Rio Johnson," Walker said. "He's getting interest from a lot of the same schools. He's a drop-back guy. He's about 6-3, 185-pounds."
All three players have been making college visits in recent weeks. Next month, all three are expected to visit Louisville for junior day on April 5.
"There was talk about all three of them going up to Louisville," Walker said. "They are all three really good buddies but I don't know right now what they are planning to do."
Putnam says the trio will attend Louisville's junior day on April 5. "We should (all) be coming up together," he said. "We were talking about going to Indiana's spring game that day but I'm telling them we're going to Louisville."