Arkansas might not be done with its 2016 signing class.
The Razorbacks have offered Ventura College cornerback Britto Tutt, who just completed his freshman season at the junior college.
He had planned to play another season for the Pirates and graduate in December, but if he takes care of business in the classroom, he could be playing Division I football in the fall.
“I started talking to (Arkansas) like two weeks ago and they told me they’d give me a full-ride,” Tutt said. “They looked at my schedule and the only thing I need to do is have a 2.5 (GPA) and I can transfer out.”
Tutt (6-2, 185) said he has been in contact with Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and plans to take an official visit March 29-31.
Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Tutt was a full qualifier coming out of the Richmond Academy before attending Ventura College in California.
“I got recruited out of high school by a lot of DIIs and DIIIs, but I didn’t want to go to any of them, so I decided to take the JUCO route,” Tutt said. “Georgia Tech was about to offer me, but I was a late qualifier.”
In his first collegiate season, Tutt had 40 tackles, including two for a loss, in 10 games. He had six pass breakups, one fumble recovery and four interceptions, which he returned for 67 yards, as well.
Arkansas isn’t the only school after Tutt’s services, as Oregon State has also offered him.
Having a pair of Power Five programs recruiting him – especially one from the SEC – is new to Tutt, but he is enjoying the experience.
“It feels good because I’ve always wanted to play in the SEC, so when (Arkansas) offered me, it was one of the schools I wanted to go to,” Tutt said. “That’s what I’ve always been looking for.”
Conference affiliation isn’t the only thing the Razorbacks have working in their favor. Arkansas’ geographic location is also a benefit.
“My mind is made up that I want to go way from California,” Tutt said. “I don’t really want to stay on that side (of the country). I want to get closer to my family and I was raised around SEC football, so I want to get back to the SEC.”
While Tutt’s main focus right now is his academics, he said he hopes to make a decision by the end of spring as to what he was going to do.
If he joins the Razorbacks this summer, he would have four years to play three and would increase depth at a position – cornerback – in which Arkansas didn’t add any players on signing day.