Malik Putney

Putney Is Raising His Stock

The 2018 recruiting class within the state of Washington is loaded at defensive back and one of the more versatile players who is already drawing interest from several schools is Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wa.) DB Malik Putney...

"Our season's been going really well," Putney said when asked about his junior season. "We started off strong with a win over Gonzaga Prep and we've just kept it going.

"One of our goals this season was to go undefeated, so we're on track for that, but mostly, we just wanted to get better every week and I think we've done that pretty well."

Putney is currently a rock-solid 195 pounds and 6'1" tall, and that great size, combined with his outstanding athleticism and instincts has drawn the attention of a handful of Pac 12 programs.

"Washington has been the main school talking to me," Putney noted. "I talk to them a lot. Coach (Jimmy) Lake is the coach recruiting me for them and we text each other here and there. I feel like I've started to form a good relationship with him.

"Oregon has talked to me a little bit and I have been getting lots of letters from Utah and a few letters from UCLA.

"Washington and Oregon both like me as a strong safety or nickel corner because I can play in the box pretty well, but I can also move out and cover slot guys pretty well too.

"UCLA said they liked my cornerback film and that was the first impression they got on me and Utah just wants me as a straight-up safety."

Putney said he's been especially impressed with the Huskies' 6-0 start as he's seen three games up close.

"I went to their opening game against Rutgers and I also attended the Stanford game," Putney said. "I was also down in Oregon last week to watch their game against Washington, so I've seen the Huskies the most so far.

"It's hard not to be impressed with what they have done so far. I grew up liking Washington. The main reason was it is the hometown school, but with coach (Chris) Petersen there and the staff he's got, I just really like what I am seeing from them. 

"They have also done a good job of putting the state of Washington on the map."

Putney also has a former teammate currently playing for the Huskies and one who will enroll there next summer.

"With Brandon (Wellington) and Hunter (Bryant), that's definitely a plus since I would already know two guys really well there," Putney said. "I talk to Brandon all of the time and he just tells me to be patient and gives me an idea of things I need to work on and what the coaches are looking for from the guys they are recruiting.

"Washington is definitely a key school for me and if they were to offer, that would be huge."

Putney and his team teammates will take on rival O'Dea on Friday night at West Seattle Stadium.

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