FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Connor Noland, the top 2018 quarterback prospect in Arkansas, is expecting to make his college choice in the coming months.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound 4-star quarterback from Greenwood (Ark.) High School currently holds offers from 11 FBS schools — four of which are in the SEC.
“I’m thinking (I’ll commit) within three months,” Noland told SEC Country in a phone interview. “I want to get in there and help recruit to get some guys in there with me and make something happen.
“I don’t have any top schools right now. I’m just going through the process, but I’m going to start narrowing it down pretty soon. I want to start focusing in and find the right place.”
Like many highly-touted high school football prospects, Noland’s summer has been filled with visits and camps on college campuses.
However, as a two-sport prep star, he is pulling double duty between his school’s baseball and football programs.
Noland is the second-ranked prospect in Arkansas and 11th-ranked pro-style quarterback for the 2018 class, according to 247Sports. As a pitcher, Perfect Game ranks Noland as the top-ranked player in Arkansas and No. 70 nationally in his class.
“I’m 50/50 right now between (playing) baseball or football (in college),” Noland said. “There’s a good possibility that I’ll play both at first. I’m just one the fence with it right now.”
There’s also the possibility Noland skips college altogether if he’s selected in the 2018 MLB Draft.
“It’d have to be a lot of money for me to skip out on the college experience and education to go play baseball,” Noland said. “I’ve talked about that a lot and definitely have an idea of what I’d want to do in that situation.”
Arkansas, with its campus just 71 miles north of Greenwood, has become an impressive option for Noland.
“I’ve visited a couple times, talked to (head coach Bret) Bielema and (offensive coordinator Dan) Enos,” Noland said. “Both just seem like great guys. I got to talk to Coach Enos a lot last time and he really explained his offense. I really liked what he was teaching, so that’s a big bonus. With the baseball guys (head coach Dave Van Horn and pitching coach Wes Johnson), my relationship with them is also really good.
“And, obviously, both programs there are doing some good things and I think that’s because they’ve got great coaches. They’ve said they’re 100 percent behind me playing baseball and football if that’s what I choose.”
Along with Arkansas, Noland has visited Duke, Florida, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Texas A&M this summer — all within a two-week period.
“Visits, camps, and a little bit of baseball in between,” Noland said. “We got around pretty good.”
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.