The Razorbacks landed a commitment from a very talented two-sport star Wednesday in Greenwood’s Connor Noland. The quarterback/pitcher pledged to play football and baseball for the University of Arkansas.
Proud to announce my commitment to play football and baseball for the University of Arkansas! #OmaHogs #Uncommon pic.twitter.com/Xb5xbYGSHH— Connor Noland (@cnoland_13) July 20, 2016
Noland, who grew up in Greenwood rooting for the Razorbacks and former Bulldog Tyler Wilson, is considered a 4-star prospect and is regarded as the state’s top baseball and football prospect for the 2018 class. 247Sports ranks him among the top 10 pro-style quarterbacks in the 2018 class.
He split time in the pocket with Bulldogs quarterback Luke Hales last season as the Bulldogs claimed yet another double-digit win season, conference championship and trip to War Memorial Stadium for the 6A state title game vs. Pine Bluff.
Noland completed 73 of 103 passes for 872 yards and nine touchdown passes against only two picks as a sophomore for Greenwood. But he can also bring the heat on the mound, reaching as high as the low-90s with his fastball.
Noland received scholarships offers for football from Arkansas, UCLA, Kentucky, Memphis, Missouri, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Penn State, Texas A&M and others while taking unofficial visits to Notre Dame, Florida, Tennessee, Duke and Vanderbilt.
The rising junior still has two more years of high school to grow and get better, and there aren’t many schools across the state better equipped to handle stars than Greenwood football coach Rick Jones and baseball coach Trey Holloway, who pitched for the Razorbacks.
We’d also like to wish Connor a happy birthday while welcoming him!