Saturday Recruiting Tidbits

By: Dudley E. Dawson
Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Connor Noland, Bumper Pool
Connor Noland, Bumper Pool

— There are a few of Arkansas' 2017 signees and commits in Fayetteville looking to secure pledges from a few uncommitted visitors. There's also a 2018 commit helping lead the cause.

Greenwood junior two-sport standout Connor Noland - who has committed to play both football and baseball at Arkansas - is taking an unofficial visit Saturday and Sunday.

“Looking forward to meeting up with all the future Razorbacks in town for official and unofficial visits,” Noland said. “I’ll have lunch and attend the Razorback basketball game (against LSU) with the 2017 official visitors and their families.”

Arkansas has 22 signees or commits in the 2017 class while Noland (6-2, 180) and Lovejoy, Texas, junior linebacker Bumper Pool (6-2, 215) - both four-star prospects per ESPN - are the two current 2018 pledges.

Noland, who chose Arkansas over football offers from UCLA, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Penn State, Duke, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and others, passed for 2,095 yards and rushed for 553 more this past season while splitting time with senior Luke Hales.

Pool, who had 151 tackles, three sacks and four fumbles caused his junior season, chose Arkansas over Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas A&M and others.

“Bumper and I have been working hard on reaching out to the 2018 class recruits as well,” Noland said. “We’re getting heavy interest from some very good players. It’s nice too start knowing all the guys early and I’m excited to meet everyone.”

Noland will also attend a Razorback baseball camp on Sunday with head coach Dave Van Horn assistant Tony Vitello and new pitching coach Wes Johnson.

“I was fortunate to play on the Extra Innings Sticks team with seven Arkansas baseball commits at the Perfect Game MLK Tournament in Phoenix last weekend,” Noland said. “Great group of guys and it was awesome to get several games in and spend time with future Diamond Hogs and their families.”

10 p.m. update:

All of Arkansas' 13 official visitors made it in last night and all attended the Razorbacks 99-86 basketball win over LSU.

They will all leave on Sunday at various times.


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