Arkansas has added a late 2016 addition to the roster and will have several 2017 recruiting possibilities in Fayetteville to watch spring practice this weekend.
Ventura, Calif., College cornerback Britto Tutt (6-3, 185) signed a national letter-of-intent with the Razorbacks on Wednesday at the completion of his official visit and become’s this class 21st member.
Tutt, an Augusta, Ga., native, was a full qualifier out of high school, and will have four years to play three for Arkansas.
“It’s close to home and they play in the biggest conference in the country and I love competition,” Tutt said Wednesday. “They (the Arkansas coaches) are very cool people and I had fun being around them.”
He was recruited personally by Bielema, Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith and new secondary coach Paul Rhoads, the former Iowa State head coach.
“I probably couldn’t be around a better coaching staff ever with all their experience,” Tutt said.
Bielema is excited about the late addition, especially since the Razorbacks didn't sign any cornerbacks on national signing date and Razorback sophomore defensive back Cornelius Floyd is currently academically ineligible per Arkansas standards.
“We are very excited to add Britto to our 2016 class,” said Bielema. “He’ll have an immediate impact for us starting in the summer and has three years of eligibility.
“He has a lot of experience as an offensive and defensive player, but we’ll sign him as a corner. He also has the ability to be a punt returner and kick returner.”
Tutt had 40 tackles last season for Ventura with four interceptions and six pass break ups while being named a first-team All-Northern Conference selection.
He knows that he will be counted on immediately.
“Yes, they have told me to be ready to play right away,” Tutt said. “I expect to arrive early this summer.”
He was thrilled with everything that he saw on his official visit to Arkansas and decided not to take ones to Oregon State and Hawaii, schools that had recently offered.
“The locker room, the stadium, the environment and especially the people,” Tutt said. “They are very friendly.”
Tutt was a standout in high school at Richmond Academy as he piled up over 1,000 all-purpose years on offense and also had a team-leading five interceptions.
He scored a touchdown four different ways, returning an interception and kickoff for a score, while also finding the end zone twice on the ground and seven times through the air.
Tutt finished his senior high school season with 40 receptions for 697 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing 37 times for 300 yards.
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The Razorbacks are expected to host at least four high school juniors this Saturday on unofficial visits.
That group includes the Nashville duo of offensive lineman Kirby Adcock (6-6, 280) and running back Darius Hopkins (6-1, 175).
Also expected to be on hand Saturday are linebacker Josh Clarke (6-3, 215) of Jefferson, La., and safety Garrett Wallow (6-2, 200) of River Ridge, La., John Curtis.