FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Razorbacks are starting to build some momentum in the 2018 class.
The Hogs could hardly be off to a much better start with a pair of commits in the class — 4-star quarterback Connor Noland and 4-star linebacker Bumper Pool — capable of potentially anchoring each side of the ball in the future. Both commits are also unlikely candidates to waver and look elsewhere unless something drastic happens.
Noland has turned into a major recruiter for the Hogs since announcing his pledge in July, building relationships with several key targets. He’s clearly invested in the future of the program and hasn’t missed a home game this season.
Pool stated when he announced his commitment Monday evening that playing for the Hogs is a “childhood dream.” He has close connections to the school, which his dad attended and his sister currently attends.
“Bumper and I will start double-teaming these guys and reaching out to recruits on both sides of the ball,” Noland told SEC Country. “It doesn’t matter if you play offense, defense or special teams because we’re all in this together. We want to continue building a monster.”
Arkansas’ class is No. 19 nationally, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, with those two alone. Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Michigan are the only schools ranked higher with as few as two commits.
So, who could be next? Look no further than the visitors from Arkansas’ 31-10 win over No. 11 Florida last week, which included Noland and Pool.
The pair posed for a photo before the game with 4-star cornerback Ken Montgomery Jr. from Hillsborough High School (Tampa, Fla.) and 4-star linebacker Alston Orji from Rockwall (Texas) High School. Sources have indicated to SEC Country both have a high interest in Arkansas. Montgomery told SEC Country the visit was “amazing” and his best thus far.
Pool received congratulations from Orji on Twitter after the announcement and respond by telling him he’s next.
@TheAOrji28 thanks Alston! You next bro??
— Bumper (@bumperpool10) November 8, 2016
DeSoto (Texas) High School 3-star wide receiver B.J. Hanspard and 3-star running back Kelan Walker also gave rave reviews of their visit for the Florida game.
Offensive lineman Owen Condon, a 3-star prospect from Bishop McGuinness High School (Oklahoma City), said he’d “definitely be back” to Fayetteville.
It has obviously been a great few days of recruiting in the 2018 class for the Hogs, and this is only the beginning.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.