Monday, July 29, 2013
No. 14-ranked junior to play internationally
By Jared Shanker
Defensive tackle Hjalte Froholdt, No. 14 in the 2015 ESPN Junior 300, will not be a man amongst boys, as the saying goes, this upcoming season. His competition will be all men in 2013.
Froholdt, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman, spent his sophomore season at Warren (Ohio) G. Harding, but he is now back in his native Denmark after his visa expired this summer. He will move to Copenhagen in the fall and play football for the Søllerød Gold Diggers, a senior league team with players ranging from ages 20-40.
It is a tough blow for the No. 4 tackle nationally, whose breakout sophomore campaign landed him offers from the likes of Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame. He understands he will not have the same opportunities as he did while playing in the United States, but he will not be looking at his junior season as a year off.
"I will keeping working hard and getting workouts from a strength coach that SGD works with," Froholdt wrote in an email.
The No. 1 player in Ohio has discussed his situation with college coaches, and all of them said they will continue to recruit Froholdt, who plans to return to the United States for his senior season.
He will remain in contact with coaches while in Denmark, but he will do it in a way that won't run up the phone bill on athletic departments nationwide.
"I will email them my progression," he wrote, "just so they know how I'm doing."
A top target for several schools, especially in the Big Ten, Froholdt stated that he does not have any favorite schools yet.