"I'm pretty much running on it full speed now," Putman said. "I
already knew what to expect this time (with my rehab) because I went through it
last year. It's been much easier this time around."
and his family had a chance to talk to the Ole Miss coaching staff while
on an official visit last weekend.
"They just told me to not go too fast with my rehab and take my time and
do it right. My talk with their coaches went great. It just made me feel even
more comfortable about my decision. Not that I was every doubting it to be begin
with. I've never considered another school because they always stayed in touch
with me and have always had my back even when I've gone through this injury."
The loyalty to Ole Miss goes beyond the coaches.
"Their fans just show me mad love. The players showed me a good time. It's like my second home down there in Oxford."
What stood out the most about the visit?
"Just bonding with the recruits and players and getting that brotherhood.
We all got to know one another more. I hung out a lot with Isaiah
. He never told me where he was leaning but I could tell he had a
great time. I personally think he's leaning towards Ole Miss. I also spent a
lot of time with Dacorius Law
. I think he's coming
for sure. When the visit was over he told me that he'd be seeing me this summer.
That's a really cool dude. I spent a lot of time with Jordan
and Sean Rawlings
. Sean committed a
couple days back. It'll be fun to have him a part of our class. He's a really
good guy. I met Jordan Sims at one of the Ole Miss games, so we knew each other
from the past. He asked me a lot of questions about Ole Miss and I explained how
it is and it's not . There's a good chance that Jordan will be in my class too.
I already knew Roderick Taylor
and the rest of
the Mississippi guys who came in for the weekend. We all talk all the time.
It was nice to get to know some of the out-of-state guys. That's what I enjoyed
most about my trip."
Where does Ole Miss plan to start Tyler?
"Coach (Matt) Luke talked about using me at offensive tackle. That's the
only thing I've ever played outside of pee wee ball. I played everything in
pee wee ball. I like guard too. I like everything but center. As long as they
don't put me at center, I'm happy."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at email@example.com
Tyler Putman has had the misfortune of tearing his ACL in both his left and right knees. Now, he's full speed ahead in rehab.