This is a very interesting visitor to Ohio State tomorrow.
Froholdt, whose first name is pronounced closer to "Yelda", but goes by the nickmake "Yellur", than anything else you're likely to come up with, is a foreign-exchange student who came to Warren G. Harding High School from Denmark last summer. In his one year of playing football at WGH, Froholdt played tight end, defensive end and also handled punting duties for the Raiders. Despite one year of American football (and 5 years of football in Denmark), the 6-foot-5, 275-pound 16 year-old (17 in August) has already earned scholarship offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Louisville and Michigan.
Despite those big offers, Froholdt has a great perspective on what is going on in his life, even if he's thrilled at the opportunities.
"It's great, but surreal," Froholdt said. "I never thought this would happen. I've enjoyed my time (in America). I love it here."
After getting offers from places like Michigan, one might think that a player would start to take some things for granted, but that's not the case here at all.
"I don't expect anything from any school," he said. "I'm happy that they even want to give me a tour. All of this is such an honor, because these schools are huge. Not just big, but huge. And the football programs are VERY prestigious! So I don't expect offers from here or there, I'll take whatever they give me, and if that is just a 'Hey, it was nice for you to come down here to visit us,' then I'll take it."
Ohio State is the place that tour will happen tomorrow, and then he'll head down to Fayetteville to check out Arkansas. While he's not entirely familiar with the Buckeyes, he's caught up on what the Buckeyes are about.
"(Ohio State) is one of the top teams in the Big Ten conference, and that they have a new head Coach, Urban Meyer. Before him was Tressel, right? I know the Buckeyes went 12-0 last season, which was very nice. Too bad that they were not allowed to play in any bowl games though, they could maybe have went to the National Championship."
"Yelda" will be heading back to Denmark in June, but with two years of high school needed before college, that's where the challenges really come in. He would like to return to the US this fall to complete his junior season, but to do that, one (or both) of his parents would need to move to the United States with him. If that can't happen, then the Dane would try again to accomplish that his senior season; but potentially could miss the next two years of American high school. Interesting story indeed.
--------------------- Update 5/16 -------------------------------
The Buckeyes have offered Froholdt. Adds another level to this interesting story.