Hedlund Named All-American

Arkansas kicker pledge Cole Hedlund talks about being named to the USA Today All-American first team squad just a few days after his Argyle, Texas, team finished a 16-0 season with a state championship game win at Cowboys Stadium.

Arkansas' football program will be adding at least a pair of All-Americans to its roster next season and still has a shot at several more.

El Dorado defensive tackle and Razorback pledge Bijhon Jackson (6-2, 320) will play in the U.S. Army All-American game on Jan. 4 in San Antonio, Texas.

They'll also be adding kicker Argyle, Texas, Cole Hedlund (5-11, 165), who was named to the USA Today All-American first team squad.

"It definitely means a lot to me," Hedlund said. "When you first start playing football in high school you want to do two things - win a state championship and be the best you can be. I've been very blessed to be able to do both of those things. It's been a great year."

Hedlund was 24-of-26 on field goals this season – with a long of 57 – and was also 101-of-101 on PATs.

He finished up his season last Saturday with a Class 3A Division II state title as Argyle (16-0) downed Fairfield 38-33 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Hedlund was good on all five PATs and also booted a 41-yard field goal in the win.

"Living so close I have grown up a Cowboys fan so it was realy nice to play in that venue, especially while playing for a state title," Hedlund said. "We worked so hard to get there and these are guys that I have been playing with for so many years. It was great to reach this goal together.".

He ends his high school career with a national record of 52 career field goals and came up just one field goal shy of his national record of 25 field goals in a single season set during his sophomore season.

"It wasn't just me," Hedlund said. "I had a great snapper and holder and our line always got their blocks," Hedlund said. "It was a team effort."

Hedlund chose Arkansas over Texas A&M and Oklahoma - both of whom have tried to get him to flip since his commitment to the Razorbacks.

But he says that is not happening and his only official visit will be to Arkansas on Jan. 24-26.

"I am 100 percent committed to Arkansas and will not be taking any other visits except the one to Arkansas," Hedlund said.

Other players named to the first-team that still have Arkansas on their list include defensive end Solomon Thomas of Coppell, Texas; linebacker Kenny Young and wide receiver Malachi Dupree of River Ridge, La., John Curtis and safety Steven Parker of Jenks, Okla.

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Several Arkansas commits or targets will be playing in All-Star games in the upcoming weeks.

Jackson, Thomas, St. Louis, Mo., Christian Borthers offensive lineman Brian Wallace and Springdale Har-Ber defensive tackle Josh Frazier are both set to play in the U.S. Army All-American game, which will be televised Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. by NBC.

Razorback quarterback commit Rafe Peavey has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game on Jan. 2 at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

Parker, Dallas, Texas, Bishop Dunne safety Payton Hendrix and Tucson, Ariz., Sabino offensive lineman Andrew Mike are all set to participate in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl, which will be held Jan. 5 at the Stubhub Center in Carson, Calif.

That game will be televised by Fox Sports 1.





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