SPALDING, Ga. — After a freshman year that created some buzz due to his size, athleticism and playmaking ability at that age, Zion Puckett went down with an ankle injury in game two in 2016 as a sophomore.
He missed the remainder of the season, but he is back and he is back in a big way. Schools have been out to evaluate the 6-foot-1, 195 pound athlete out of Spalding (Ga.) and his recruitment is heating up.
Over the last few weeks, he has picked up his first five offers.
"Wake Forest, Alabama, Florida State, Kentucky and Tennessee have all offered me this spring," said Puckett. "It has really happened quick. It has been pretty exciting."
The first school to offer Puckett was Tennessee. The star athlete was in Knoxville (Tenn.) late in April for the Volunteer's spring game and he left with an offer.
"I liked it up there. I like their facilities, I like the indoor field and I had a good time. The atmosphere was good, it was a fun environment and they really welcomed me.
"I do have some interest in them. They were first to offer me, I had a good time on my visit and it is a school I will get back to."
With the injury last year, Puckett has not visited many college campuses yet, so he does not know much about the schools that have offered outside of Tennessee other than what he has seen on T.V.
The only other school the 2019 athlete has visited is Georgia and that took place during his freshman year.
"I am hearing from Georgia, they are showing interest, but they have not offered me yet. Coach [Tray] Scott (defensive line) came through last week and I know he is looking at me.
"I would like to have an offer from them. I like their offense, they have some good players and I may camp there this summer."
Puckett has a lot of schools in mind for summer visits. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Georgia are some on his list. He is ready to venture out, showcase his ability and start to evaluate schools.
For the next couple of weeks though, he will focus on school, spring practice and keep enjoying the infant stages of being a top recruit.
"I am just going to stay humble throughout the process," said Puckett. "I am just going to keep working. I had a feeling offers would come, but these came fast and it has been a little surprising. It is something I have been working for."
Schools are offering Puckett as an athlete. He could project as a wide receiver or safety on the next level. Expe