No matter what happens in the rest of the 2014 recruiting class, Arkansas knows it will have at least one recruit that is viewed as the nation's best at his position.
That would be Argyle, Texas, kicker Cole Hedlund (5-10, 170), a Razorback pledge who was recently named a USA Today's First-Team All-American and will be taking his official visit to Fayetteville this weekend..
"I was really, really honored and excited to be named to the team and it shows that what I did was really appreciated," Hedlund said. "It is one of the things that I really set as a goal when I first started to kick in high school as a sophomore – to be the best or at least considered one of the best.".
Even though he is considered one of – if not the best kicker – in the high school ranks, recruiting services such as Scout.com rarely rank even the best above a 3-star prospect – which it lists Hedlund.
That has miffed quite a few Razorback fans.
"It's great that Arkansas fans have been upset about that and really gone to bat for me because kickers rarely get the credit or publicity that the other positions do," Hedlund said. "That is why the USA Today honor was so cool."
Hedlund – who committed to Arkansas last summer and has remained steadfast in that pledge – had a brilliant senior season to cap off a spectacular high school career.
He was 24-of-26 on field goals with a long of 57 and was a perfect 103-of-103 on PATs.
"It really was a dream season for both the team and myself," Hedlund said.
Argyle finished off a 16-0 season with a 38-33 win over previously unbeaten Fairfield in the Class 3A Division II state championship game at the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium.
Hedlund booted a 44-yard field goal in what was his second appearance at Jerry Jones' Palace.
He'll have a chance to kick there in college because Arkansas and Texas A&M resume their neutral site game there beginning with the 2014 season.
"I kicked there as a sophomore and then there this season," Hedlund said. "So I'll feel very comfortable there and not be fazed by the turf or the big screen. I really look forward to that."
Texas A&M has worked really hard to try and get Hedlund to flip to them, but it has been to no avail as he has remained pledge to Arkansas and is not going to switch.
"Texas A&M has been really nice in trying to recruit me and get me to change my mind, but it's just not going to happen," Hedlund said. "This visit to Arkansas will be my only one and I will be a Razorback."
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