Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss the recruitment of a top 2018 signee, an upcoming visitor, and an impressive pitching performance from a quarterback signee.
McTelvin Agim can’t wait to team with Dorian Gerald
Arkansas had an ideal ending to its 2018 signing class a month ago when defensive end Dorian Gerald picked the Hogs over Texas A&M. It was a significant recruiting victory for coach Chad Morris, defensive coordinator John Chavis and the rest of the new staff.
Gerald (6-foot-3, 260 pounds) was rated as the No. 1 junior college strongside defensive end in the 2018 class by 247Sports composite. His offer list included Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and many other top programs.
He decided on Arkansas in large part because of Chavis, but Chief had some help from a current Hogs lineman. Defensive end McTelvin Agim said he pushed hard to get Gerald on board with the Razorbacks. Now that Gerald is officially set to join the program, Agim is looking forward to an improved defensive line with some talented pass rushers.
“Me and Dorian are cool,” Agim said. “I was one of the guys that was mainly trying to get him here, because I understand what we can do with me, him and Randy Ramsey on the same team. We could be monstrous. I’m definitely happy he’s coming and I can’t wait for him to get here.”
Georgia DE Quevan Lawson set to visit Arkansas
Arkansas is expected to host 2019 defensive end Quevan Lawson on Saturday during the Hogs’ third prospect day in as many weekends.
Lawson (6-5, 210) is a 3-star recruit, according to the 247Sports composite. He attends Turner County High School in Ashburn, Ga. He has offers from Florida A&M, Kent State and Southern Miss. He’s also received interest from Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and others.
Interior defensive line coach John Scott Jr. is serving as the primary recruiter for Lawson. Scott recruited regularly in Georgia under the previous coaching staff and has maintained that role since the change in leadership. Arkansas signed one player from the Peach State in the 2018 class — defensive end Nicholas Fulwider.
QB signee Connor Noland impresses on baseball mound
The possibility exists that Arkansas quarterback signee Connor Noland will never play for the Razorbacks. That should happen only if Noland is selected early in the 2018 MLB Draft in June.
The right-handed pitcher is planning to play baseball and football for the Hogs. He’s told SEC Country several times it would take the amount of money that typically is offered within the first two rounds of the MLB draft for him to skip college.
Noland being selected that early seems unlikely, but he hasn’t ruled out professional baseball as his next move. His performance to start his senior season at Greenwood (Ark.) has done nothing but increase that possibility.
Noland struck out 16 of the 21 batters he faced in 6⅓ innings Tuesday night. He allowed just 1 hit and a walk in a no decision against Alma (Ark.).
There were several MLB scouts on hand. Noland’s fastball tops out at 92 mph. He also throws a changeup, curveball and slider. If he keeps producing similar results this spring, Noland will have a difficult decision to make in June.
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