Arkansas' next field goal kicker got a chance to visit with the one headed out the door and likely to the NFL.
Argyle, Texas, record-setting standout Cole Hedlund (5-10, 170) did indeed get a chance to chat up Razorback senior Zach Hocker while the Lone Star standout was on his visit to Arkansas this past weekend.
"I was able to talk to Zack Hocker – the previous kicker - and he was able to give me some great advice on how it's going to be and what not," Hedlund said. "...I was excited for him (keeping a 56-yard field goal in the Shrine game). That's awesome. That's going to give him a great shot to get in the NFL."
Hedlund, who committed to Arkansas last summer and was named USA Today's first-team All-American kicker, also got a chance to visit this past weekend to visit more with new Razorback assistant Rory Segrest.
Segrest is the new defensive line coach for Arkansas and also special teams coordinator for the Razorbacks – both positions he used to have with Philadelphia Eagles and Samford University.
"He's great and real easy to talk to so I am really excited about next year," Hedlund said. "He's a great guy."
Hedlund's parents liked what they saw in Segrest as well.
"They really like him," Hedlund said. "They think he is perfect for me personality-wise."
Hedlund hit 24 of his 26 field goals this season – with a long of 57 – and also was a perfect 103-of-103 on PATs during his team's 16-0 state championship season.
He owns national records for field goals in a season with the 25 he made his sophomore season and most in a career mark with 56 in his last three seasons.
"I've been very blessed and worked very hard," Hedlund said.
His host was Razorback deep snapper Brian D'Appollonio.
"He's a great guy and I am looking forward to having him as my snapper," Hedlund said. "Kickers and snappers can kind of relate to each other. We had a great time."
Hedlund said the highlight of his trip was getting to know his future teammates and coaches more.
"I was able to talk to all of the coaches and a lot of players and kind of get a feel about how it is going to be for the next four years," Hedlund said.
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