Cottonwood has turned out as much D1 talent as any other football program in Utah over the past decade. Fua Pututau is another name that will join that will be joining that list. Pututau recorded 10.5 sacks as a sophomore, but based off of his spring and summer performances, that number could double this fall.
"I've worked hard this off season and I feel like I am ready to have a big season," Pututau said. "I obviously benefit from getting to play with T.J. (Fehoko). He is a focus for other teams, which allows me to do my thing. Last year we had some other really good players including S.J. Fehoko and my brother Howard. With those guys gone, I know I need to step my game up."
Pututau was unstoppable in a scrimmage against Utah powerhouse East High School today. He recorded over a dozen tackles, 3 sacks, an additional 3 tackles for loses, and forced two fumbles. Pututau is 6-3 230 pounds and has a lot of raw ability, but also shows some good technique. Pututau is able to shed blockers better than some college prospects, he is violent with his hands and strong at the point of attack. A few colleges are already starting to notice the up and coming Cottonwood play maker.
"I received my first two offers this spring," Pututau claimed. "Utah and Oregon State offered me. I really like Coach Tuiaki at the U and Coach Seumalo at OSU is really cool too. I grew up a BYU fan, but at this point I just want to find the school that fits me. I am open to anyone who is interested in me. It's cool that my brother is going to be a Ute, but I don't think that will really influence me too much. I'd like to play with him, but that won't be a major deciding factor."
I knew Fua Pututau was a good football player after watching his sophomore year tape, but after seeing him in person today, I am beginning to think he is going to be special. A handful of Pac-12 schools are already recruiting the rising junior and he has a chance to be big time prospect.