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Arkansas Recruiting: Joseph Putu Commits to the Razorbacks

Cornerback 6'2" 195 lbs. North Dakota State College of Science (via Providence, Rhode Island)

Here's one that came out of absolutely nowhere.

Joseph Putu didn't seem to be on anybody's radar a month ago, but he's really been getting around over the last couple of weeks. It was first revealed that Arkansas had seen Putu and invited him for an official visit a couple of weeks ago and Putu reported the offer last Sunday.

Despite his status as a junior college All-American, there was no profile of Putu on any of the recruiting services. 247 has since labeled him a 3-star prospect. Arkansas was his first offer from a Power 5 program. He'd also received offers and visited UAB and Arkansas' fierce rival Toledo. Florida coaches made the trip up to North Dakota to see Putu and tried to get him to visit Gainesville this weekend instead of Fayetteville, but Putu stuck with the Hogs. Texas A&M coaches also expressed interest, but with so little time before Signing Day, it didn't work out.

Last fall, Putu picked off 10 passes and made 55 tackles to go along with forcing five fumbles. He'll reportedly have three years to play two seasons at Arkansas, so he could take a redshirt to develop if necessary, which is a rare luxury for a juco transfer.

Arkansas has not recruited many defensive backs this year as the Hogs have several young players in the secondary on the roster but Putu will add to that group.

This is Arkansas' 20th commitment in the 2016 class.