Connor Noland Embarks on Whirlwind Tour

Greenwood (Ark.) quarterback/right-handed pitcher Connor Noland visited Arkansas during a 10-day trek across the country.

Connor Noland is in the midst of a whirlwind tour across the country.

The Greenwood (Ark.) Class of 2018 quarterback and right-handed pitcher has already visited Texas A&M and was on Arkansas’ campus Friday and Saturday. He and his dad left Fayetteville early Sunday to fly to Gainesville, Fla., where he visited with the Gators’ football staff and watched Florida’s Super Regional game against Florida State.

From there, they’ll drive to Fort Myers, Fla., for a baseball showcase, before heading to North Carolina for a baseball/football visit with the Tar Heels and Duke coach David Cutcliffe’s quarterback camp.

Then they’ll fly to the Midwest for baseball/football visits at Michigan State, Notre Dame and Northwestern, all in a 10-day span.

“It’s going to be great to get around and see every school and see what they have to offer,” Noland said. “It’s definitely a lot of schools I’m going to be around.”

His father said Noland would also visit Vanderbilt and Tennessee later in the year and may visit Stanford while on the west coast for a baseball tournament.

“I’m just trying to find the best place for me,” Noland said. “Find a place I fit in, really feel good, feel in my heart and know where I want to go.”

Noland’s time in Fayetteville was split between the baseball and football program.

Friday, he visited with Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn. The Razorbacks have already offered the right-hander, who says he can hit 91 miles per hour with his fastball and also has a curveball and changeup.

“That went really well, had a great conversation,” Noland said. “Just sat down with the two of us, so that was good.”

The next day, he spent time with the football staff, talking to head coach Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator Dan Enos. He also got to watch Arkansas’ prospect camp and tour the facilities.

Noland, who has also been offered as a quarterback by Arkansas, said his time with Enos talked in-depth about football.

“We went over the offense, just some basic things,” Noland said. “(Also) how they teach quarterbacks, the relationship he builds with the guys when he’s win the classroom and sitting down with them. It was good to get some insight.”

While he admits that he doesn’t know if he wants to play both sports in college or focus on one, Noland said the coaches he’s talked to so far are okay with the idea of playing both.

“Most of them are open to me playing both sports,” Noland said. “There’s obviously going to be some timing and a lot of planning, but most schools are open to it.

“It would be difficult, but I definitely think I could handle it.”

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