Razorbacks sign highly-recruited defensive tackle from Denmark
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Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema announced Thursday (Nov. 13) that defensive lineman Hjalte (pronounced: Yelda) Froholdt has signed a financial-aid agreement and will join the Razorbacks in January 2015 for the spring semester.
A consensus four-star recruit out of the Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy, the Svendborg, Denmark native is ranked the No. 6 recruit in Florida and No. 14 defensive tackle in the nation, according to 247 Sports.
Nine games into his senior season at IMG Academy, Froholdt has tallied 55 combined tackles, seven sacks and two forced fumbles – in just his second season of competitive football.
Froholdt selected Arkansas over offers from Florida State, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida and others.
“Hjalte possesses all the uncommon qualities we look for in a Razorback,” said Bielema. “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. Hjalte and our early-signees are helping to shape the future of Arkansas football. Hjalte brings an unusual story from Denmark to Fayetteville and I feel he will only add to it moving forward.”
According to Rivals.com, Arkansas’ 2015 signing class ranks No. 18 in the nation. Froholdt joins quarterback Ty Storey, offensive lineman Zach Rogers and defensive end Daytrieon Dean as Arkansas’ early signees who will enroll January.