Arkansas landed a junior college cornerback on Saturday that simply gets it and is truly about to enjoy the fruits of his labor.
North Dakota State College of Science star Joseph Putu (6-2, 195, 4.37) pledged to Arkansas on Saturday and talked about his decision at the conclusion of his visit on Sunday.
"First all I came in and I felt like I was already a Razorback because when I stepped onto the campus it was beautiful it felt like the place I needed to be," Putu said. "First of all they have all the tutoring. In North Dakota that’s what helped me become successful because of the help with the academics.
"The football complex just blew my whole mind. They have everything, the weight room, they have the indoor turf when it’s too hot to go there and workout. They have the sand box, I don't have to go to the beach . They have pools that I could workout in and they have stuff I haven’t ever heard of that can help me become better."
He vowed to be on campus as soon as possible.
“I graduate May 15th, so right on that week I want to come here,” Putu said. “ I don’t want to go home, I just want to get started on my game and start working.”
Putu, a native of the Ivory Coast who chose Arkansas over Florida, Texas A&M, Toledo and others, had 55 tackles and a whopping 10 interceptions this past season.
He did so while also working two jobs and knows that being a major college football player is going to be a vast difference from junior college.
“Back in JUCO we have to pay for our own stuff,” Putu said. “Over here, they give you everything. All you have to worry about is football and school. That’s all you have to worry about. You don’t have to worry about getting a job.
“Me, I’ve got two jobs. I’ve got a work-study job and I work at Pizza Hut. I’ve got to worry about school, football and work, then I’ve got to put a little something in my pocket. Now, I don’t have to worry about all of that. Everything is given to me.”
He was overwhelmed by the Razorback facilities.
Man, it’s so, so beautiful,” Putu said. “Coming from a JUCO and now seeing that stuff, it was beautiful.”
Arkansas fought hard to get Putu’s last official visit and it paid off handsomely.
“I know I’ve got a lot of work to do, so once I graduate from North Dakota,” Putu said. “I want to come over here and start working right away to help the team out so we can be successful.”