Penn State offered Arkansas Class of 2018 quarterback Connor Noland last week, joining a long list of suitors.
"Coach (Joe) Moorhead told me they're very interested in me when he offered me,” Noland said. “He was telling me how I could be a perfect fit in his new offense at Penn State. It's very similar to what we run here at my high school. It would be an easy transition for me and I think I would fit in the offense."
Noland, who looks at himself as a pro-style quarterback who can be mobile if need be, is anxious to learn more about the Nittany Lions.
"I'm trying to make time to visit Penn State this summer,” he said. “I’ve already scheduled visits to Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Michigan State and Tennessee. I also hope to visit Florida, LSU and Oregon.”
For Penn State (and everyone else pursuing Noland), there appears to be a way to gain an edge in this recruiting battle.
"I'm 50/50 on playing baseball in college, not just football,” he said. “If it is possible that I can play both, I would definitely consider that option."
Noland said he has no favorites at this point.
Loney’s Take: Penn State’s new offense fits Noland, but this is going to be a battle. Also, while the Nittany Lion baseball program has shown marked improvement under third-year coach Rob Cooper, some of the other schools recruiting Noland have more established baseball programs.