Selman Bridges Breaks Arkansas’ 24-Year Drought in Most Important Recruiting Territory

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Arkansas football ended its recruiting slump in style, breaking out with a pair of home runs – the second of which was a commitment from Selman Bridges.

The four-star cornerback and top-50 overall prospect announced his commitment to the Razorbacks over Texas, TCU and USC on Friday. He is the 16th member of Arkansas’ 2024 recruiting class.

His announcement came mere moments after four-star running back Braylen Russell picked the Razorbacks over South Carolina and Tennessee, making them 2 for 2 on the day after starting the month just 1 for 8.

After Friday, the three players Arkansas has reeled in easily overshadow the five it has missed out on since July 1 because on top of Bridges and Russell, the Razorbacks have also landed top-100 wide receiver Ashton Bethel-Roman.

A consensus top-200 recruit at Lake Belton High School in Temple, Texas, Bridges is ranked as high as No. 50 overall by 247Sports, which also rates him as the sixth-best cornerback in the class.

ESPN ranks him 68th overall, plus he checks in at No. 75 in the 247Sports Composite, No. 76 in the On3 Consensus, No. 129 on Rivals and No. 189 on On3.

The addition of Bridges and Russell provided a nice boost to the Razorbacks’ already solid class. They now are now inside the top 20 across the board and ranked as high as No. 14 by 247Sports. The group also checks in at No. 15 in the On3 Consensus, No. 17 in the 247Sports Composite and No. 18 on Rivals.

The Recruitment of Selman Bridges

Listed at 6-foot-3 on most outlets and 6-foot-4 on Rivals, Selman Bridges – who also plays basketball and runs track – is very tall for a cornerback. Couple that size with his athleticism and you get a premier recruit.

However, it wasn’t until last summer that a Division I school first extended a scholarship. That came from Texas Tech and somewhat got the ball rolling, but he still had just eight FBS offers midway through his junior season.

Most of those were from in-state programs – Texas Tech, UTSA, Baylor, TCU and SMU – and some mid-tier Power Five programs like Arizona State, Arizona and Vanderbilt.

Following the season, in which he earned all-area and second-team all-district honors for racking up 46 tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions (including one returned for a score), things exploded for Bridges.

A whopping 17 more schools – all from the Power Five – jumped on board with offers, including big-name programs like USC, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon and others before Arkansas pulled the trigger on Jan. 24. In the weeks afterward, Alabama, Tennessee, LSU and Ole Miss also threw their hats into the ring, and he was invited to play in the Adidas All-American Bowl.

With defensive backs coach and co-defensive coordinator Marcus Woodson leading the way, the Razorbacks secured one of his three official visits last month. He came to Fayetteville the weekend of June 16 after checking out TCU a week earlier. The Texas visit came a week later.

Those three schools, plus USC, made up his top four, but it became clear this week that Arkansas was the leader in Bridges’ recruitment – which he confirmed with Friday’s commitment.

Historic Aspect for Arkansas Recruiting

It’s not every day that Arkansas football lands a recruit as highly ranked as Selman Bridges. In fact, he is one of its best during the modern recruiting rankings era.

Since 2000, which is as far back as the 247Sports Composite rankings go, the Razorbacks have signed 19 top-100 recruits out of high school. Bridges is the second top-100 commit in this class, as Little Rock Mills defensive end Charleston Collins checks in at No. 91.

Assuming he remains at his current ranking of No. 75, not only will Bridges be the 21st player on that list, but he’d be the 11th-highest ranked of the group.

Only one-third of those top-100 recruits have come from out of state, with Bridges being the fourth-highest ranked of that group. He trails only Ahmad Carroll (No. 14), Alex Collins (No. 40) and Lawrence Richardson (No. 58).

Considering the only Texan in that group is Richardson, Bridges is currently the second-highest ranked player Arkansas has landed from the Lone Star State – which is traditionally its most important recruiting ground. He is the first top-75 player from the state of Texas to commit to Arkansas while in high school since Richardson did so in the class of 2000.

It’s also worth noting that Bridges is the fourth-highest ranked defensive back to pick Arkansas, trailing only Carroll, Darius Winston (No. 24) and Richardson.

Finally, if both Bridges and Collins remain in the top 100 of the 247Sports Composite, it’ll be the seventh time the Razorbacks have landed two such players in the same class. Their record is four, which was way back in 2001, and in the other five years – 2000, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2016 – they landed two.

Here’s a full list of top-100 prospects to sign with (and commit to) Arkansas football:

PlayerYearPOSHigh SchoolRanking in 247Sports Composite
1. Mitch Mustain2006QBSpringdale (Ark.)No. 9
2. Ahmad Carroll2001CBAtlanta (Ga.) DouglassNo. 14
3. McTelvin Agim2016DEHope (Ark.)No. 20
4. Darius Winston2009CBHelena-West Helena (Ark.)No. 24
5. Darren McFadden2005RBNLR (Ark.) Oak GroveNo. 32
6. Alex Collins2013RBFort Lauderdale (Fla.) South PlantationNo. 40
7. De’Arrius Howard2001RBWest Memphis (Ark.)No. 47
8. Lawrence Richardson2000CBGalveston (Texas) BallNo. 58
t-9. Shawn Andrews2001OLCamden (Ark.) FairviewNo. 71
t-9. Brey Cook2011OLSpringdale (Ark.) Har-BerNo. 71
11. Selman Bridges2024CBTemple (Texas) Lake BeltonNo. 75
12. Hunter Henry2013TELittle Rock (Ark.) Pulaski AcademyNo. 80
13. Bijhon Jackson2014DTEl Dorado (Ark.)No. 81
14. Damian Williams2006WRSpringdale (Ark.)No. 82
15. Jeb Huckeba2001LBSearcy (Ark.) Harding AcademyNo. 85
t-16. Bo Mosley2000CBOsceola (Ark.)No. 90
t-16. Brian Wallace2014OLSt. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers CollegeNo. 90
18. De’Anthony Curtis2008CBCamden (Ark.) FairviewNo. 91
19. Charleston Collins2024DTLittle Rock (Ark.) MillsNo. 94
20. Tony Ugoh2002OLHouston (Texas) WestfieldNo. 99
21. Devwah Whaley2016RBBeaumont (Texas) CentralNo. 100

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