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Box Elder star Putnam commits to BYU

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Box Elder High School defensive end/tight end Matt Putnam gave an oral commitment to sign to play college football at Brigham Young University, according to his father.

Putnam, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound defensive end who earned Region 4 MVP honors last year, made his decision over the weekend and told BYU coaches in person on Monday morning, Gregory Putnam said.

"My father lives in Spanish Fork, and Matt and I went down to BYU early on Monday morning and told coach Gary Crowton of the decision. Matt simply wanted to get this behind him so he could concentrate on football and the upcoming basketball season."

Putnam was named as a Deseret Morning News first team all-stater last fall and ran a 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash this past week during Box Elder drills. He will play defensive end at BYU but may not enroll until after he serves an LDS Church mission, according to the father. "Matt turns 19 a year from this November, but BYU coaches said the timing of his mission and enrollment is up to him," Gregory said.

Putnam, whose brother Nate is the starting strongside linebacker at Utah State, received offers from the Aggies and Utah. He also had a phone call over the weekend from a recruiter at the University of Oregon.

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