FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Now that he’s become the first commit in Arkansas’ 2018 recruiting class, Connor Noland is ready to do some work on the recruiting trail for the Razorbacks.
The 4-star quarterback is a two-sport star at Greenwood (Ark.) High School who also committed to Arkansas’ baseball program as a right-handed pitcher.
“Committing early, you’re going to get to help recruit other players,” Noland told SEC Country after committing Wednesday.
“I just want to get some good guys in there and try to build something.”
Noland, the No. 2 football prospect and No. 1 baseball prospect in the state for the class, is already well versed on the state’s other top talents with a couple big-time fellow 2018 targets in mind.
“I think Jaden Hill for baseball and Nathan Page for football are guys that stand out to me now,” Noland said.
Hill is a star pitcher and 3-star quarterback from Ashdown (Ark.) High School. He has a offers from the Razorbacks, Kentucky and Missouri for baseball as well as Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech and Missouri for football.
Page, a 4-star recruit and the No. 1 in-state prospect in the class, is a versatile defensive back and wide receiver with big-play ability. He has received interest from several schools, including Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, TCU and Texas A&M.
If Noland’s stock rises enough as a pitcher, he could be selected high enough in the MLB draft as a senior that he forgoes college altogether. If that were to happen, Arkansas fans can take solace in the fact that Noland’s plans to help recruit over the next two years means his commitment wasn’t a total loss.
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