The last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind for Hjalte Froholdt. After a breakout season in his first year playing American football, the Danish foreign exchange student suddenly has some of the nation’s best college football programs in hot pursuit. Michigan is among those that made him a priority when it extended him a scholarship earlier this month. That prompted 2015 standout’s first unofficial visit to Ann Arbor last weekend.
“It was great, “said Froholdt. “Great campus, great facilities, a nice stadium, and there are great coaches there. It was very nice.”
The Wolverines haven’t decided yet whether they like the 6-5, 265-pounder more at tight end or defensive end. All they know at the moment is they want his combination of size and athleticism on their roster. That said, Greg Mattison’s role as his lead recruiter might skew things in favor of the defense.
“He was one of the first coaches that came and (recruited) me,” Froholdt stated. “He is a very good coach. I know he coached with the Baltimore and he is a very good defensive coordinator.”
Mattison was able to further his connection with the Warren (OH) Harding star during his time on campus, but the same can be said for a number of other coaches courting him. Froholdt has also visited Notre Dame, Michigan State, Arkansas, and Ohio State. The Buckeyes extended the talented yougster one of his most recent offers. He wasn’t stateside very long before he understood that Michigan and Ohio State have a rivalry. Now he is beginning to understand that they have THE rivalry.
“In Denmark we don’t really follow college football, Froholdt explained. “It’s just not shown on TV. The only thing I really knew… because I kind of landed in Ohio… I kind of only knew they’re rivals with Ohio State. Now I know Ohio State says, ‘the team up north’ and Michigan just says ‘Ohio’ (laughter).”
“Ohio State is a great school. It’s a great big campus. It has great facilities. Both schools are very prestigious.”
Because he dwells in Buckeye country, plugs for the Scarlet & Gray from his new friends are inevitable. He insists, though, that the effect is negligible.
“It doesn’t matter,” said Froholdt. “The ones I’ve met so far are my friends and they just support me whatever I choose. At this time I don’t have a favorite because I just visited all of these colleges and they’re all great. Right now I’m just taking everything in and talking to my family about it, and we’ll see."
" (The decision) is going to be about the people and the academics. My family lives in Denmark, so distance doesn’t matter. So it won’t matter if it’s Michigan, Arkansas, or Ohio State.”