2016 North Dakota State College of Science CB Joseph Putu will be a busy man over the next week as he takes more visits

2016 North Dakota State College of Science CB Joseph Putu is becoming a hot prospect and he has two more official visits to take before he decides where he will finish up his college career...

"It's definitely been busy," Putu told JCFootball.com. "I have taken official visits to Tennessee State (January 15th) and this weekend I visited UAB and just got back.

"(Monday) I will take a visit to Toledo and I just got an offer from Arkansas and I've scheduled a visit to see them this coming weekend."

In addition to offers from those four schools, Putu also has offers from UTSA, North Texas and Bryant.

"UCLA has also been talking to me a lot and I feel like they could be offering this week," Putu added. "Texas A&M is trying to get me to visit this weekend and they said if I visit, they will offer me when I come, so I'm thinking about what I want to do about Arkansas and A&M and which school I will visit."

Putu started five games as a freshman and he started every game for the Wildcats this fall and earned All-Region and All-American honors for his efforts.

"I'm better in man-to-man, but I can play whatever my coaches decide to call," Putu said. "A big reason why I'm better in press is because of my techinique and my size. I can be physical, but I also have the technique to stay with guys."

The offseason is about two months old, but Putu is already focusing on a couple of aspects that will help him improve as a player.

"I definitely want to be more consistent," Putu said. "A lot of that comes down to my footwork and my hips. I'm working really hard at staying flexible and also making sure I don't have any wasted steps in coverage."

As a prep, Putu was unable to get qualified, so he went unrecruited. He had some options, but chose to go to North Dakota State College of Science to get away from every distraction that he had in his life.

"My parents and I talked about it and we figured, it's North Dakota, it's football and it's school and that's it," Putu said. 

The sophomore is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in May and he will have three years to play two starting this fall.

We'll have more on Putu over the next nine days as he gets closer to making a decision.

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