Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
Hedlund ready for next level
Kicker Cole Hedlund, an Arkansas commitment, is expected to take over kicking duties for Hogs next year.
Arkansas will have one of the more decorated kicking prospects in recent memory kicking for them next season.
Cole Hedlund, 5-10, 170 pounds of Argyle, Texas holds the national record for career field goals with 56 and the national record of 25 field goals in season he set as a sophomore. He has the mental makeup to succeed in the SEC.
“Just remember he set the national record when he was 15 years,” Argyle Coach Todd Rogers said. “He has an older brother is a second child. He’s tough and resilient. He’s always played soccer with older kids so he knows how to compete with an older clientele. He understands if he gets after and plays hard everything is going work out alright that’s kind of his attitude.”
Hedlund, who was named a USA Today All American, made 24 of 32 this past season and was perfect on 103 extra points. He’s expected to take over kicking duties for the Razorbacks next season with the departure of Zach Hocker.
Rogers was able to interact with Coach Bret Bielema and defensive line and specialists Rory Segrest when the two visited the school last Tuesday. Beilema impressed with his down-to-earth approach.
“He had a lot of interest in how we operate and Texas high school football,” Rogers said. “We’re fortunate enough to just win the state championship. He was inquisitive about the six games to the championship and talking about the grind. We talked to little bit about recruiting and his philosophy on the athletes he’s taking in every year and what he looks for.”
Rogers also had kind words about Segrest.
“Classy guy, great to have a conversation with him,” Rogers said. “I see why he’s being successful He’s really easy to talk to. Cole was initially recruited by Coach Partridge and then coach Segrest comes in. I just think he’s got a good disposition and is the kind of guy that Cole’s looking for.”