Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Elite DE visiting Hogs this weekend
University of Arkansas assistant coach Taver Johnson during media day Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 at the Fred W. Smith Football Center in Fayetteville.
Arkansas will be the first visit for highly regarded defensive end Hjalte Froholdt as he arrives in Fayetteville late Friday night and goes on a week long tour of schools.
Froholdt, 6-5, 275 pounds played his sophomore season at Warren (Ohio) Harding High School as an exchange student from Denmark. He returned to his homeland for his junior season and plans to come back to the states for his senior year. Junior highlights click here
He’ll leave Arkansas on Sunday and head to Alabama and Florida State for a visits during the week and then visit Michigan for a game. His father, Hans and mother, Lisa will accompany him.
Froholdt and his father visited the Hogs in May and heard some good advice from Coach Bret Bielema.
“Well he told me a bunch of great stuff,” said Froholdt, who’s playing club football for the Gold Diggers of Sollerod, Denmark. “Some being about for every lover there's a hater, so I have to pick wisely who I want to trust. Which I've also experienced. If people really wanna help me become a better athlete or just use my name to promote themselves?”
In addition to the four college visits, Froholdt plans to attend a game at his old school, Warren (Ohio) Harding before leaving the 21st.
Several things stuck out to Froholdt during his May trip.
“We drove around campus which is beautiful, and with all the graduates names were carved into the sidewalks,” he said. “That's awesome. We also talked some football which was great. The academic counselors were two hyped up guys who seemed like they would do anything they could to promote our academic potential.”
The Hogs stand at 3-3 for the season and haven’t played as well as hoped. Froholdt said that doesn’t concern him.
“Not at all,” said Froholdt, who's being recruited by cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson. “Arkansas will become a better and greater team. It's a team coming off last years devastating season, with a totally different offense scheme which focuses on power running and not the spread offense. Which is probably really hard to adapt to even though they've done a great job with the running game.”
Froholdt has been able to talk to his lead recruiter cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson on the phone a few times and by direct messaging on Twitter. He said his father has also talked to Johnson on the phone.
Froholdt, who's rated the No. 14 prospect in the 2015 class by ESPN, is old school when it comes to a football idol.
“My idol is Lawrence Taylor,” he said. “Even though he played linebacker, his work ethic, and drive for the game amazes me.”
When he returns to the states for his senior year, he said he’ll likely attend school at Harding or a boarding school somewhere on the east coast.