Froholdt Readying For Season
One of Arkansas' talented 2015 pledges is about to get his real football season started a long, long way from Fayetteville.
Hjalte Froholdt (6-5, 285), a four-star defensive lineman from Denmark, and his Sollerod Gold Diggers will open their Danish American Football Federation season on Saturday.
It is a club team that plays six games beginning in April, takes a break during the summer and then finishes off its slate in the fall – albeit it will play the latter half without Froholdt, who will play his senior season at a prep school in the United States.
"I'm real excited," Froholdt said Thursday from Denmark, which is seven hours on the clock ahead of Northwest Arkansas. "I think we are going to have a very good team and especially a very good defense.. It's going to be fun to get it going."
Froholdt committed to Arkansas back on Dec. 2 while choosing the Razorbacks over Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State and Louisville among others.
He is one of seven Arkansas commits in a class that is ranked in the top 10 nationally by Scout.com and was being recruited by former Arkansas assistant Taver Johnson, but now is talking to new Razorback defensive line coach Rory Segrest.
"I am still solidly committed to Arkansas and I am going to be a Razorback," Froholdt said. "I had a lot of great schools come after me, but I just know it is the right place for me. I have been having good conversations with the new defensive line coach – Coach Segrest."
He became a national recruit on the basis of his sophomore season at Warren G. Harding High in Warren, Ohio.
That earned him acclaim as the 42nd-best prospect overall nationally in the 2015 class by ESPN and No. 88 overall by Scout.com.
He will return to the United States in August when he enrolls at a prep school – IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
"I am definitely coming back for my senior season because I think that is the best thing for me to get ready to play at Arkansas," Froholdt said. "The guys I play over here are older – like 20 and over – and there are several 300 pound guys that I go up against.
"But I know that in the States, it is about speed as well and I need to go against that every day at a prep school," Froholdt added. "I've talked with two schools and just need to make a decision on which one will be better for me."
Hjalte – pronounced Yel-te – will be joined on the Gold Diggers roster by his older brother Lars.
Ironically, the last two times that the Gold Diggers have won the championship they have beaten the Triangle Razorbacks – the Arkansas mascot – in the title game, which is called the Mermaid Bowl.
"I am playing defensive end and he is playing defensive tackle and nose guard," the younger Froholdt said. "He is going to come to the United States as well and likely go to a junior college. Or we will figure something out."
Razorback fans have certainly made Froholdt feel the love even as he is in Denmark as he gained some 2,500 new twitter followers after committing to Arkansas.
"Arkansas fans are great," Froholdt said. "My brother and I really like interacted with them and we have tried to send some videos over Twitter and Facebook to show what we are doing about working out and just giving everybody a glimpse of Danish life. It's been really cool."
Both Froholdt brothers have made the next to last cut for the Danish National Team, which will play in the EFAF European Championships in Austria on May 31-June 7.
The field for the event also includes teams from France, Finland, Germany and Sweden as well as Denmark and Austria with the top three teams qualifying for the 2015 IFAF World Championship in Sweden.
"We both have made it through the second cut, which got it down to 90 players," Froholdt said. "The next and final cut will get it down to 45.
"It would be a great honor to represent my country and wear my country's colors," Froholdt said. "Just like it will be when I put on my Arkansas uniform."
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