On the Trail

Southaven, Miss., offensive lineman Tyler Putman didn't lack for interest when he committed to Ole Miss in mid-February.


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The Rebels beat out the likes of Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee for his commitment, with Putman, rated a three-star prospect by FOXSportsNEXT.com, citing the program's turnaround under second-year Hugh Freeze as the primary reason behind his decision.

Four months later, not much has changed with the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Putman, who FOX Sports NEXT has rated the No. 57 offensive tackle in the country. He's as solid as ever in his pledge, opting only to visit Ole Miss this summer rather than make the camp rounds.

"Really, I just wanted to see the campus more, and try to recruit some other players to commit to Ole Miss," he said following Ole Miss elite camp, held earlier this month.

Putman isn't the lone Ole Miss commitment seeking out those uncommitted prospects in an attempt to strengthen the class.


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He said he and his classmates, among them Oxford, Miss., running back D.K. Buford, hang out when together on visits, mostly spending their time sharing their many sales pitches.

Putman has two prospects in particular in his sights.

"Gerri Green and Markell Pack, we're trying to get them to join us," he said.

Green, of Greenville, Miss., is a four-star prospect. The Rebels are among his favorites, and the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Green was among those who took part in Ole Miss' 7-on-7 passing camp, held June 8. His offers include Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Tennessee and others.

Pack is another in-state product, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound four-star wide receiver hailing from Purvis, Miss. FOX Sports NEXT has Pack, who is currently committed to Florida State, as the No. 30 wide receiver nationally. His offer sheet is extensive, ranging from Ole Miss to Alabama and LSU.

"I tell them don't rush, just take your time and just have a good time at Ole Miss," Putman said. "Hopefully, they'll commit. I just love everything around Ole Miss - the people, the coaches, the players, the fans and all that."

Putman still isn't lacking for interest. He said he's "been talking to Tennessee some." Really, though, schools needn't bother. Putman is all Ole Miss.

"I'm not trying to take anymore offers," he said.


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