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Get used to seeing the name of 2015 recruit Hjalte Froholdt if you're a fan of Michigan or Ohio State football recruiting. The rising junior from Warren Harding High School in Warren, Ohio has picked up some major momentum—and offers from both schools.
Froholdt is a foreign exchange student from Denmark, but he made his mark as a talented high school defensive end, tight end and punter at Warren Harding. He's been so good, in fact, that he's received offers from some of the biggest schools in the region.
Brad Bournival of ESPN.com reports that the Froholdt received his latest offer from the Buckeyes after a trip to Ohio State. He also reports that he already has offers from the likes of Arkansas, Cincinnati, Louisville, Michigan and Michigan State, with visits to Arkansas and Michigan coming up as well.
The WolverineNation Twitter account confirms that Froholdt will be in Ann Arbor this weekend:
ESPN Michigan @ESPNMichigan
#Michigan will be hosting a 2015 visitor, who's studying in the US as a foreign exchange student, this weekend: http://t.co/QQ0efeNTRf2013-5-16 16:49:23
Where's all of the hype coming from, you ask?
Froholdt's coach Steve Arnold explains, per Bournival's report:
“When he arrived last August, he was 6'4", 240, and now he's 6'5", 280,” Arnold said. “He's made the transition very well. The sky is the limit for this young man.
“He'll still be tight end, defensive end and punter for me, but the offensive tackle or three-technique defensive tackle has been the consensus for him in college. He's flexible, athletic and strong. He has a high football IQ. For a kid playing 7-on-7 in Denmark to go to 11-on-11 so smoothly, it shows he's pretty special. He's fit right in socially, academically and athletically.”
247Sports has Froholdt listed as 6'5'' and 265 pounds, but either way, he still has great size for a recruit who has yet to play his junior year of high school.
Evaluating him as an offensive or defensive tackle, it's easy to see the potential. He already has a big frame and he looks to have the strength to push back the line of scrimmage. That strength and size should only improve with time.
He does a good job of quickly exploding out of his stance and "punching" the player across from him in the chest plate, and he can extend, lock up, force the angle and drive.
Froholdt plays with leverage and he has a decent amount of speed. That will help him as a pass-rusher, or as an offensive tackle getting to the second level to block a linebacker.
Michigan and Ohio State are two of the biggest names to have offered the 2015 recruit, but keep an eye on his recruitment in general. Recruiting is as much about momentum as anything else, and right now Froholdt is riding quite the wave of positive hype.
There's still an incredible amount of time before Froholdt will have to send in a fax and officially sign with a program, but we've seen early offers give schools advantages before.
Keep these early offers from Ohio State and Michigan in mind once signing day 2015 rolls around.
Note: You can watch Froholdt's highlights here. All scouting and analysis of Froholdt done via the aforementioned highlights, which can be found on his 247Sports profile page.