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2025 Four-Star Safety Taijh Overton Commits to Arkansas

Sam Pittman
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Taijh Overton, a four-star safety from Mobile, Alabama, has officially committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Who is Taijh Overton?

Taihj Overton is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety. He has played his high school career for the Williamson Lions where he has started since his sophomore season. With his outstanding play in Ladd Peebles Stadium, Overton—known as "Hammer Time"—now holds offers from five Power Four schools. Florida State, Missouri, Ole Miss, UCF were also targeting Overton, before he committed to Arkansas.

The Impact on the Razorbacks

This will be the first safety commit and only the fifth overall commit for Arkansas as part of the 2025 recruiting cycle. The commitment moves the Razorbacks into the top 60 nationally and was a crucial get for coach Sam Pittman.

How Quickly Can Overton Contribute?

By 2025 Arkansas will have lost all four safeties in their two deep and will be searching for the next group of talented secondary players. At 6-foot-2, Overton is pure lightning at the third level on the field. He can quickly translate his 116 solo tackles and 3 interceptions into the Southeastern Conference and could make an immediate impact.

The only way Overton isn't getting a healthy number of minutes is if the coaches bring in a proven transfer portal gem.

Scouting 'Hammer Time' Overton

Overton is very quick off the ball and takes away any space that he allows the quarterback to think is there. He is very good at reading not only the play but the eyes of the QB as he can break away from his coverage and either take the ball away or lay one of his bone-crushing hits. At just 190-pounds, he loves to throw every ounce of his weight into you and create train-wreck-like collisions.

With this mindset though, Overton does avoid using his hands to fully wrap the ball carrier up sometimes. At the high school level, it isn't a huge deal but when you go into the SEC you are looking at mostly 220-pound-plus ball carriers, so you won't be able to trust this kind of tackling philosophy.

In coverage, he plays loose and allows himself to turn and rotate with the receiver throughout the routes, so nothing gets left uncovered deep downfield.


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