A Very Hjalte New Year
There were many future Razorbacks that watched Arkansas’ 31-7 rout on Texas on Monday night, but only one got up in the middle of the night in another country to do so.
That was Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy defensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt (6-5, 295), who got up to watch the game that started at 3 a.m. in his native Denmark.
“I was just thrilled over the game,” Froholdt said. “It started at 3 a.m. over here, but it didn’t stop me and my brother (Lars). So we watched the whole thing.
“The offense and defensive dominated,” Froholdt added. “So happy for the guys and can’t wait to meet them all soon.”
Froholdt, whose chose Arkansas over Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State and others, is a mid-term graduate and early enrollee that is scheduled to arrive in Fayetteville on Jan. 10th or 11th.
He had 58 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 12 tackles for lost yardage and two forced fumbles in his nine games this past season.
That was playing for IMG head coach and former Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke.
"He causes havoc," Weinke said in am earlier interview. "He has an outstanding work ethic. He's one of the leaders on our team. I truly believe he will be an impact player at the next level. He's big, strong and quick. He has a high football IQ.”
Froholdt – whose first name is pronounced YELL-da - signed a Financial Aid-Agreement with Arkansas on Nov. 13 and was subsequently praised by Razorback head coach Bret Bielema.
“Hjalte possesses all the uncommon qualities we look for in a Razorback,” Bielema said “We’re ecstatic to welcome him to Fayetteville and the Razorback family. He brings physicality on the field and embodies the qualities off the field that we look for in our men."
Froholdt joins Charleston quarterback Ty Storey, Fort Smith Northside defensive end Daytrieon Dean, Dumas tight end Will Gragg, Carrollton, Texas, Hebron center Zach Rogers, Jacksonville, Fla., University Christian offensive lineman Josh Allen and Hutchinson Community College defensive end Jeremiah Ledbetter as early enrollees.
He played his sophomore season at Harding High School in Warren, Ohio, before returning to Denmark for his junior season because the country does not allow exchange students to compete in sports in two consecutive years in the same state.
Froholdt then matriculated to IMG Academy for his senior season.
"Hjalte and our early-signees are helping to shape the future of Arkansas football," Bielema said. "Hjalte brings an unusual story from Denmark to Fayetteville and I feel he will only add to it moving forward.”
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