FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas added another player to its football roster for the 2016 season.

FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas added another player to its football roster for the 2016 season.

Junior-college defensive back Britto Tutt signed Wednesday to play next season for the Razorbacks. A sophomore with three years of eligibility left, Tutt is primarily a cornerback. Arkansas did not sign any natural cornerbacks during Signing Day last month.

"We are very excited to add Britto to our 2016 class," Arkansas coach Bret 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 played last year at Ventura College. He had four interceptions and 40 tackles and was an all-conference selection. The 6-foot-3 cornerback played high-school football at Richmond Academy in Georgia. he is a native of August, Georgia.

Cornerback should be a position of strength for Arkansas next season. The top four on the team last year - Henre’ Toliver, Jared Collins, D.J. Dean and Ryan Pulley - all return, as does Kevin Richardson, who split time between cornerback and safety.

Arkansas’ pass defense was ranked 117th out of 124 teams Football Bowl Subdivision last year.

Dreaded and Back

With Alex Collins off to ply his skills in the NFL, JaMichael with still-fresh, short hairdo and Eric Hawkins limited, not many dreadlocked Arkansas players remain.

The one who is back, though, could not be happier.

"Man, it felt great," Keon Hatcher said. "It felt good getting back out there running routes and catching passes. It was a pretty good day."

Hatcher is a redshirt senior wide receiver. He was set to the be the team’s No. 1 target on the perimeter last year until a broken foot suffered early in the season kept him out for all but one-and-a-half games. The NCAA granted his medical redshirt and he returns for a fifth year in Fayetteville.

But he returns to situation much different than last year. In March 2015, Hatcher was the only sure-thing among the wide receiving corps. He was the undoubted top target. When he went down, though, his position mates responded. Now they’re all back, too - Drew Morgan and his SEC-leading 10 touchdown grabs, Dominique Reed and his 19.1 yards-per-catch, Jared Cornelius and his steady 24 receptions.

This group of Arkansas wide receivers was already likely to be one of the top three in the SEC. With Hatcher’s return (he had 13 catches in two games last year), it could rival for absolute best.

"I’ve been around for a while, you know?" Hatcher said. "This is my redshirt senior year. I’m just taking that leader role and showing the younger guys the ropes and making sure everybody’s on the same page with what we’re trying to do."

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