Arkansas QB commit Connor Noland wins state title
Arkansas quarterback commit Connor Noland capped his impressive senior season at Greenwood (Ark.) with a state championship Friday night.
Noland threw for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns as Greenwood rolled to a 52-14 victory against Pine Bluff (Ark.) in Arkansas’ Class 6A title game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. He completed 20 of his 27 pass attempts. He closed his senior season with 2,798 passing yards and 35 touchdowns in 13 games. His completion percentage was 69.6 for the season.
Here are some highlights of Noland’s final game via Austin Kellerman of KARK 4 News:
— Austin Kellerman (@AustinKellerman) December 2, 2017
Following the game, Noland alleviated any concerns Arkansas fans may have about him de-committing as the coaching staff experiences a turnover.
“I’m a Razorback 100 percent,” Noland told THV11’s Taylor McGregor. “I’m excited about the change. Obviously, they’re going to get somebody good in there and I’m excited about the future.”
Rated a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports composite, Noland was the Razorbacks’ first commitment in the 2018 class. He announced his pledge in July 2016 and has remained firm ever since. Assuming the new coaching staff wants to keep his pledge, and it almost certainly will, Dec. 20 will be the date Noland officially signs with the Hogs.
— Taylor McGregor (@Taylor_McGregor) December 2, 2017
CB Tanner McCalister officially off commitment list
Tanner McCalister is officially off Arkansas’ 2018 commitment list. At least for now.
From Rockwall-Heath (Texas), McCalister is a 3-star cornerback who committed to Arkansas last June. He announced last week he planned to re-evaluate his options as a result of Bret Bielema’s firing. At that time, he was still considering himself committed. That is no longer the case as he searches for another option.
McCalister initially chose the Hogs over offers from Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, TCU and several other programs. He plans to visit Oklahoma State later this month as the December signing period approaches. He has not ruled out the possibility of still signing with Arkansas, assuming the new staff pursues him.
Several schools moving fast to sway OL commit Noah Banks
With McCalister off the commitment list, the Razorbacks are down to nine commitments in the class. One of those, offensive lineman Noah Banks, may be coming off the list soon.
Banks (6-foot-7, 295 pounds) is receiving a lot of attention from several major programs. He announced offers from Louisville and Nebraska on Sunday, as well as plans to officially visit Florida later this month.
A 3-star tackle, Banks recently finished his junior college career at Iowa Western Community College. He plans to sign in December and arrive at his new school for the spring semester. He committed to Arkansas in early November, a month after he took an official visit to Fayetteville.
Former CB commit Byron Hanspard II visits Baylor
Former Arkansas cornerback commit Byron Hanspard II had what he described as a “phenomenal” visit to Baylor over the weekend.
Hanspard, a 4-star recruit from DeSoto (Texas), was committed to Arkansas from last March until midway through last week. His de-commitment came as a result of Bielema’s firing.
Like McCalister, Hanspard still plans to consider the Razorbacks if the new coaching staff shows interest. It had been expected Baylor would make a late, strong push to land his commitment, and the Bears have apparently wasted no time becoming one of his front-runners.
— Byron Hanspard II (@bjhanspard94) December 3, 2017
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