Utah Locks Up Another In-State Talent

LB/DE Howard Pututau committed to the Utes, despite drawing interest from big time programs

The Utes locked up another in state recruit, as LB/DE Howard Pututau from Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, committed to the Utes last night. At 6'4-225lbs, Pututau is a very physical, but smart player that has a knack for getting to the ball. In college, Pututau projects best as an OLB or DE. "The coaches want me to bulk up and play either outside line backer or defensive end," but fans shouldn't expect to see Pututau right away, as he plans to serve an LDS mission straight after graduation. "I'm leaving on a mission right after I graduate, and so I won't be on the team next year."

The Utes have made a big effort this year to make sure that they are locking up all of the talented in state players, and with having Pututau commit, the Utes get the best of both worlds, as Pututau won't count against the Utes number of scholarships with the 2014 recruiting class.

Pututau's head coach, Greg Croshaw, at Cottonwood High School raved about Pututau's determination and work ethic as a football player. "He was the only player on our team to earn All Region, on both sides of the ball, and really is just a fantastic player." Croshaw also spoke to Pututau's desire to play college football for the in state Utes, as that seemed to be the school to beat through out his recruiting process. "He told every school that came to talk to him that he really just wanted to play for the Utes."

Before committing to Utah, Pututau was receiving heavy interest from Stanford, Notre Dame, BYU, Boise State and Washington State, and had also received scholarship offers from Utah State and Hawaii. In his senior year, Pututau totaled 72 tackles, 7 TFL's, 4 sacks, 2 INT's, 4 FR's, 1 PBU and 1 blocked field goal.

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