Arkansas Lands Top Kicker

Argyle (Texas) Cole Hedlund, one of the nation's top five kickers and the national record holder for field goals in a season, shined in the Arkansas Specialists Camp on Saturday and was a committed Razorback by the end of the day.

Arkansas needed to land a kicker in its 2014 recruiting class and went out and landed one of the nation's best on Saturday.

Argyle (Texas) High kicker Cole Hedlund, who set a national record when he made 25 field goals as a sophomore, competed in the Razorback Specialists Camp on Saturday in Fayetteville and Arkansas must have seen what it liked.

That's because the Razorbacks offered him after he left campus and a young man rated who is rated in the top five nationally quickly committed - something he confirmed soon after the camp was over.

"It's just a perfect place for me," Hedund said. "It's a great university that plays in the SEC - the best conference in the nation. I am excited I am going to have the chance to make some big kicks in big games."

Hedlund booted a 60-yard field goal during the camp and also was very consistent at the shorter distances, something that clearly caught the eyes of Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and assistant Charlie Partridge, who works with the Razorback kickers.

"After the camp was over they gave me a call while we were eating at McAllister's and said that I was the guy they were looking for," Hedlund said. "They said they liked my consistency and how I hit the ball the same every time." Hedlund, whose dad John was a former professional soccer player, made 25-of-30 field goals as a sophomore to break the national record of 22 held by a trio of player, including former Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame kicker Chris Sailer, now a renown kicking instructor.

A young man whose older brother Chad is a kicker at Wake Forest, Headlund was 7-of-10 last season with a long of 47 yards and also had 42 touchbacks on kickoffs.

Sailer, who has Hedlund ranked fifth in the country, was happy to hear of Hedlund's commitment on Saturday and had previously offered up this review. "Cole is a fantastic kicker," Sailer wrote. "One of the very best pure field goal kickers in the nation. He is extremely accurate, technically sound, and consistent. Kicks very well under pressure. Kickoffs are also outstanding.

"Perhaps the best part about Cole is the fact that he will only continue to get stronger," Sailer said. "A fine young man with a great attitude and work ethic. Has all the tools to dominate the D1 level. Big time prospect."

Jamie Kohl of Kohl's Professional Kicking Camps helped Arkansas run the camp on Saturday and has Hedlund ranked fourth in the country.

"One of the best ball strikers in the last five years to come out of high school, very productive high school career, been in big games, brother is a D1 kicker, technically sound, rarely misses, hits a high clean ball, " Kohl writes, "KO's are at the D1 ready kicker ready to score points and make kicks, handles pressure well."

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