Another One Day Camp Offer?

The Blue Devil football program has been forced to become far more selective when it comes to scholarship offers. As such, some very talented prospects are forced to play a waiting game with Duke. Over the weekend one of the top defensive linemen on the board found out just where he stands in the process.

"I had a chance to sit down and talk with Coach Spencer about everything," said Roswell (Ga.) High defensive lineman Curtis Hazelton. "Basically Duke is only giving out about 15 scholarships this year and they have two linemen offered in front of me. But, if one of them doesn't work out then he said they would offer me that second."

Already holding offers from Ohio University and Central Florida, Hazelton says the conversation with Duke doesn't put a damper on his opinion of the Blue Devils in any way.

"They are being honest, and that's what you want from a program. I've been in contact with Duke for a couple a months and they've always been straight with me when it came to this kind of thing."

During his stay in Durham, Hazelton had a chance to not only speak with Coach Spencer, but also several Duke players including Vince Oghobaase, Mike Tauiliili, and Clifford Respress, as well as future players Nigel Nicholas and Kenny Anunike while attending a team gathering.

"They had a cook-out and all of those guys were great to talk to. They basically told me that at Duke you get the best of both worlds. You get to compete against the best conference in the country as well as getting one of the top five educations available anywhere. They also let me know the coaches really want me to come in and to just keep working so the recruiting process can take care of itself."

In addition to his two offers and heavy Duke interest, Hazelton says he's also had increasing interest from programs such as Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Miami of Ohio. However, he doesn't expect to finalize a timeline or a decision in the near future.

"A lot of my decision will depend on where I can get the best academics and the best balance. I want to go somewhere that allows me to perform at a high level on and off the field. As time goes by I'll start to sit down and look at what offers are on the table and who has the best balance of what I'm looking for. I'd like a chance to play early after a red shirt season."

Hazelton, who measures out at 6-foot-3 and 244 pounds, is being recruited as a defensive end by all the schools involved. His best reported weight room numbers include a 300 pound bench press max and a 500 pound squat. His best time in the forty is 4.7 seconds.


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