4* OL Will Putnam discusses Gators Grill-Out: “It was really good”

Tampa Plant OL William Putnam on UF's campus during the inaugural Gators Grill-Out [Photo by Graham Hall/Special to The Sun]

Florida’s Gator Grill-Out event sought to give prospects a more relaxed atmosphere than traditional recruiting events.

And according to Plant High’s Will Putnam, Saturday’s event was a success.

The four-star offensive lineman was one of many blue chip targets to take an unofficial visit to Florida over the weekend, and he said coach Mullen’s inaugural event left a strong impression.

It was really good,” Putnam said. “It was definitely more of a family environment than it was a recruiting deal. There wasn’t a lot of football discussion. It was really about hanging out, having a good time, eating good food, hanging out with the coaches. It was really, really fun.”

Putnam has been building a rapport with UF offensive line coach John Hevesy and Mullen, and he said the weekend was an enjoyable conclusion to a hectic Spring.

A time like this, where a lot of guys in own class are starting to kind of commit and everyone’s starting to find a place for them,” Putnam said. “It was refreshing just being able to relax.”

Ranked the No. 19 player in the state of Florida by 247Sports, Putnam said Florida’s message has intrigued him, and UF hasn’t been shy about their interest level. But Putnam, who also wrestles competitively for Plant, said he’s still in the feeling-out process with many programs and is still attempting to narrow his decision. Until that happens, UF’s best bet is to continue pitching him on staying close to home and joining Mullen’s first class at Florida.

They’re really interested in me. They’d love me to come to Florida, but (I’m just going to) take my time and make sure it’s the right fit,” the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Putnam said. “I’m kind of getting close to the point where I’m really trying to find a top-5 of schools and say ‘These are my schools, this is what I’m sticking with’, and kind of just go from there.

I’m just taking a couple last unofficial visits right now, and then kind of getting to the chopping block.”