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Isaiah Hazel's size and ball skills already netted the class of 2019 receiver six offers, and a few of those schools already made a strong impression with him.
The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Hazel, who plays a short distance from Maryland's campus at Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise, holds an offer from the the Terps, as well as ones from Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Kentucky, Marshall and Syracuse, where he is visiting Saturday. Clemson, Michigan and Florida are also showing him strong interest.
"I'm young, so I have time before I make my decision," Hazel said. "I have (almost) two years before I have to decide."
Hazel is involved in the process already, and Maryland made quite an impression during a recent trip to campus.
"The coaching staff was treating me like I was already at home," he said. "Everything was going well and everything felt right."
Terps coach D.J. Durkin and is staff continue to push the local movement of keeping players home, and Hazel is on board with it.
"Everything you want in a D-1 school is right there," he said. "So why not play for your home team and represent?"
However, Hazel still will make a lot of visits, and he is excited about the trip to Syracuse because he knows a class of 2017 signing well.
"The history they have (is interesting)," Hazel said. "My friend, Nykeim Johnson, committed there. I want to see what they are doing and why they are recruiitng so hard down here. I want to see their plans."
Johnson already is giving Hazel a hard sell on the Orange.
"He was telling me the school and the facilities are great," Hazel said. "When it comes to life after football, it's great. The education (is great) as well. He said everything was good about Syracuse and he loved it."
Hazel also knows Rutgers through former Wise standout Damon Hayes, who played as a true freshman for the Scarlet Knights in the fall.
"I keep them in my head," Hazel said. "He talks about the school, and he tells me how they are making them better as a football player and a man in life."
Although Hazel does not have dates for trips to Clemson, Florida and Michigan, his interest in each is high.
"I've been talking to the coaching staffs and they like what they see with me," he said. "I like how their programs are running. I like the way they treat me, the way things are done there."
Also in contention is Virginia Tech, where he visited in January.
"The school is nice, the facilities looked beautiful and I felt at home at that school as well," he said. "They showed me around everywhere, from the athletics, the doctors, the school, the tutoring, etc. They made sure I didn't miss anything."