One of the Arkansas recruits that was unable to arrive on campus this weekend should be here no later than the middle of next month.
Ventura, Calif., College cornerback Britto Tutt (6-3, 185), an Augusta, Ga., native, is just waiting for his final course to be recorded and then he will head to Fayetteville.
“I am ready to come up there right now, but I should at least be up there by the middle of June at the latest,” Tutt said. “I’m done with the class, but it just has to be official and everything checked off.
“If the teacher grades my work early, then I could be up there by next week. If not, I will be there in mid-June.
Tutt, who will have four years to play three and head 40 tackles and 4 interceptions for Ventur4a last season, is the last addition of the Razorbacks’ 21 signees in the 2016 class.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema heralded the addition at the time of his signing.
“We are very excited to add Britto to our 2016 class,” Bielema said. “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 returned to Augusta Richmond Academy, his old high school, to sign his letter-of-intent with Arkansas on May 27 after choosing the Razorbacks over Oregon State.
“I just wanted the chance to play at the highest level and that’s the SEC,” Tutt said. “I know there is the chance to get immediate playing time and I know that being at Arkansas will get me ready for the next level.”
He is indeed expected to be a contributor right away in the Arkansas secondary, which was ranked 117th of 124 teams last season, but is now headed by former Iowa State head coach Paul Rhodes.
“I have been talking to the coaches a lot,” Tutt said. “They have told me to come in and be ready to play. They know that I am very good in coverage and they didn’t sign any other DBs so they told me to be ready to play when I get there.”
Tutt is a great athlete according to Richmond Academy head coach Chris Hughes, who saw Tutt have 1,000 all-purpose yards as a senior.
“He’s so athletic,” said Hughes told The Augusta Chronicle. “He’s got long arms and he’s a tall kid. He’s just so athletic – he can play any position on the field. I know Arkansas is in desperate need of DBs and that’s where they like him. But he can play anywhere. He’s just a tremendous athlete."
Fayetteville seemed like home to Tutt.
“I like how everything is just in a square – the school, the town,” Tutt said. “I like the environment and the people and their support of the football team.”