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Arkansas lands highest ranked recruit of Pittman era

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To continue a huge day in the state of Arkansas, the Razorbacks gain another commitment. This time it is from Selman Bridges.

The Temple, (Texas) native chose the Hogs over Texas, USC, Alabama and TCU. Bridges is a versatile athlete with the ability to play several positions in the secondary.

With the addition of Bridges addition it makes him the highest committed player of the class. It also makes him the highest rated player to commit to Arkansas under the guidance of Sam Pittman. Bridges is also the 18th best recruit to commit to Arkansas during this modern recruiting era.

The Razorbacks also move up to 17th overall in the 247 team composite rankings.

Touted as an elite recruiter during his time as an assistant coach, Sam Pittman is finally showing Hog fans, the SEC and around the country that his program has staying power. He took over at a time when Arkansas was at its lowest but knew what this program needed to do to be revived.

Arkansas quickly rebounded and became a respected program in just his second year in charge - winning nine games. Even though they took a step back it wasn’t due to lack of trying. A shored up secondary due to injuries created depth issues that no one saw coming. At one point there were up to eight players out midseason having to bring players from wide receiver just to have enough bodies at practice.

There’s been a shift in Arkansas’ recruiting and that’s been evident with the hires of defensive coordinator Travis Williams and co-defensive coordinator Marcus Woodson. They’ve both been very successful in such a short time to add not just quality depth in the secondary but add elite players that will make a difference.

Keeping Jaylon Braxton onboard from the 2023 class plus the transfer additions gives Arkansas a formidable presence in the defensive secondary. Woodson and his defensive back assistant coach, Deron Wilson have put in work for the class of 2024 assembling an impressive class.

2024 Secondary Commitments

4-star Selman Bridges

4-star Noreel White

3-star Jaden Allen

3-star Ahkhari Johnson

3-star Tevis Metcalf

247Sports Scouting Report

Exceptionally tall corner (6-3) with lean, narrow build and encouraging fluidity relative to high, isolated center of gravity. Triggers on short-to-intermediate throws impressively given natural inertia created by his physical traits. Capable of swallowing up smaller receivers in press coverage and knows how to crowd catch windows at multiple levels.

Multi-sport athlete with experience in basketball and track and field. Good functional athlete on the field with a smooth backpedal that combines with the aforementioned triggering twitch. Wingspan is only slightly larger than height, but the frame plays long, erasing catch-point separation smaller corners cannot. Particularly tough to beat in red-zone situations because of frame and awareness.

Physical tools compensate vs. high school competition in situations that will require more technical nuance in the future. Little doubt about functional athleticism, but can probably squeeze more juice out of the top gear to aid turn-and-run and recovery abilities. Narrow and wiry but must gain some mass and get stronger. Above average ball skills, but can increase takeaway frequency considering how many throws his mitts find.

Without a doubt, has “the look” of the modern tall corner akin to a perimeter tarantula on the outside. Should be able to man up vs. most outside receivers and could become a zone coverage nemesis, shrinking throwing lanes and catch windows. Projects as a high-major prospect with the physical and athletic profiles that, with proper development, point to early-round NFL Draft candidacy.