Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss a 4-star linebacker planning to visit, an impressive feat for a 2018 signee and more.
4-star LB Donte Starks expects to see Arkansas this summer
Arkansas is expected to have its chance at winning over linebacker Donte Starks before he makes a commitment. The New Orleans area prospect recently told SEC Country he’s planning to visit the Razorbacks’ campus this summer. That trip should come before his commitment date of July 8, his 18th birthday.
Starks (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) is a 4-star recruit according to the 247Sports composite. He is the No. 5 inside linebacker in the Class of 2019.
According to the 247Sports experts, LSU and Auburn are the two favorites in his recruitment. His offer list also includes Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma and many other top Power 5 programs.
Starks attends John Ehret (La.) High School, a powerhouse football program near New Orleans. It’s the same school Arkansas linebacker De’Jon Harris, who is arguably the Hogs’ best defensive player, attended. Harris recently helped put in a recruiting pitch to Starks via Twitter.
As a junior, Starks played at Biloxi (Miss.) High School. He missed the first three games of the 2017 season, but managed 82 tackles and 13 tackles for loss in eight games.
QB signee Connor Noland tosses no-hitter
Arkansas is fortunate 2018 quarterback signee Connor Noland isn’t entertaining the idea of signing a Major League Baseball contract in the near future. Otherwise, he may never join the Razorbacks based on the way he’s pitching for Greenwood (Ark.) High School this spring.
Noland, who also plans to pitch at Arkansas, continued his dominant senior season on the mound by tossing a no-hitter Monday. He struck out 14 over his 7 innings in a 5-0 victory over Russellville (Ark.) High School. He also didn’t allow a walk and would’ve had a perfect game if not for an error.
This season, Noland has struck out 87 of the 175 batters (49.7 percent) he’s faced. He owns a 7-0 record. He’s pitched 14 innings with 29 strikeouts and just 2 hits allowed in his past two outings.
Earlier this month, Noland informed every MLB franchise he would attend Arkansas regardless of his draft position this June. He expects to enroll in May, and could be a factor in the Hogs’ quarterback competition next fall.
No official visitors expected
The Razorbacks are not scheduled to host any official visitors this weekend as of Tuesday afternoon. That could change in the coming days, but is also on par with what has been expected.
Arkansas coach Chad Morris said following spring practice the staff would host official visitors for two weekends in April and at least one weekend in both May and June.
The Hogs have had official visitors on campus the past two weekends. All of them were linemen — Collin Clay (DL), Beaux Limmer (OL), Triston Miller (OL), Trevor Roberson (OL) and Joseph Stone (OL). Limmer and Stone are committed to the Hogs.
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