The Great Dane Selects Arkansas

Arkansas' already stellar 2015 class adds another big prize as Denmark-born junior defensive end Hjalte Froholdt (6-5, 275) - a top 50 player nationally - talks about becoming the Razorbacks' fourth four-star and the fifth overall pledge in that class for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas' momentum in the 2015 recruiting class continued to pick up on Monday when Denmark native Hjalte Froholdt (6-5, 275) - a top 50 player nationally - committed to the Razorbacks.

Froholdt - who has visited Arkansas twice this year and whose chief recruiter was Taver Johnson - played his sophomore season at Warren, Ohio, Harding and then returned home to play club football. He has plans to play in the United States again as a senior.

He picked Arkansas over Florida State, Michigan State, Michigan Ohio State and many others among his dozen offers.

"It was just the feeling I had after I visited Arkansas," Froholdt said Monday afternoon. "Everyone told me that I should just follow my heart and my heart would tell me where to go. I didn't know about that, but after I went to Arkansas (the second time) I just had that feeling in my stomach that Arkansas was just the right place.

"It wasn't really just one thing or one person that made the decision, just the whole essence of the place," Froholdt said. "It was just a perfect fit - all the people, the atmosphere, the feeling I got while I was there."

ESPN has him rated as the No. 42 player overall in the 2015 class while Scout.com has him as its 83rd best player overall.

"I had so many great schools recruiting me, but I just feel solid in my heart that Arkansas is the right place for me," Froholdt said. "I look forward to coming in and helping build something with the other guys. They already have some great players there, have some great ones coming in and then my class looks amazing so far."

He is the fifth commit in the 2015 class already for Arkansas and the fourth four-star prospect of those pledges.

The other 2015 commits are Charleston quarterback Ty Storey (6-3, 222), Junction City defensive end Jamario Bell (6-6, 235), Conway offensive lineman Colton Jackson (6-6, 295) and the nation's top center in Zach Rogers (6-3, 290) of Lewisville, Texas, Hebron.

That's despite a season in which the Razorbacks went 3-9 and lost their final nine games.

"I don't think their record this year reflects anything when it comes to where they are going to be," Froholdt said. "They have a great coaching staff and this team will develop greater than they look on paper right now.

"You watch, they are going to win a couple of big games in season two that they just didn't finish off this season and lost," Froholdt added. "It is a program that will flourish."

Froholdt stressed that the thought of helping Arkansas rebuild was a attractiion for him.

"I really looking forward to helping build something up from the bottom," Froholdt said. "I really want to be a part of something really, really special like that."

Froholdt is currently in his off-season with plans to come back to the United States to play his senior campaign.

"I played for a club team in Denmark this season...which started in April, we had about six games and then there is a break in the summer and we have the rest of the season," Froholdt said. "Right now I am in my off-season program with my (older) brother.

"The plan for next season is to come back to the United States and go to a boarding school or otherwise one of my parents may have to move with me so I can go to a public school," Froholdt added. "We''ll see how it works out."

He plans to come back and work extremely hard with thoughts of playing as a true freshman for the Razorbacks.

"I still have a lot of work to do and a lot of places that I can improve," Froholdt said. "My skill, my strength, my speed, my knowlege of the game. But I do think I am a good athlete - especially for my size - and that helps me out with a lot of things and is a good start for me.

"I feel like if I continue to work hard I can come in and make an impact right away for Arkansas," Froholdt added. "That's my goal."





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