Dawgs Still in Hunt for #1 Receiver

Vidal Hazelton's illustrious season for Hargrave Military Academy came to an end yesterday afternoon, falling to the University of West Virginia's junior varsity team, 14-8.

On the season Vidal reeled in 29 receptions for 822 yards and a phenomenal 12 touchdownd receptions.

Players often times go to the Academy to get more widely seen by recruiters and improve on grades, but for Vidal it offered him a greater challenge in general.

"It's different playing against a lot harder guys," Hazelton said. "I think I am ahead of high school guys who are playing against lesser competition, not to mention what it has done for me as a person."

The fact that Hargrave lost does not mean Hazelton will have a chance to rest anytime soon. For the next few weeks Vidal Hazelton will be jet setting cross country on a whirlwind of official visits that any football player could only dream of.

Last weekend Hazelton was in Blacksburg, Va. for the Virginia Tech-Miami game.

"It went well," Hazelton said.

This coming weekend Hazelton will be in Knoxville to watch the Volunteers of Tennessee host in state rival Memphis.

On November 18, Vidal will be visiting the University of Southern California while they host Fresno State.

On November 25, he will be at Miami and will be on the sidelines of the Orange Bowl watching the Canes take on the Virginia Cavaliers on the 26th.

Hazelton is not yet quite sure where his last and final recruiting visit will be but he said,

"It is probably between Florida and Georgia as it stands now," Hazelton said.

It seems the recruiting battle is really anybody's to be won.

"I have a lot of visits to make before I make my final decision," Hazelton said.

For Vidal much more than just playing time will go into his final decision.

"I really have to like the campus life, get along well with the players, and its important to me that the school has a good academic history for it's players," Hazelton said.

Vidal won't be alone in making his final decision.

"My father will be a major factor in helping me decide where I go, as well as my sister, and grandmother and grandfather," Hazelton said.

It's also important for Vidal that he gets along with his specific position coach, which seems could be a very positive thing for Miami.

"I like Coach Johnson (Curtis Johnson Wide Receiver Coach University of Miami)," Hazelton said. "We really get along well, he is really down to earth with you, and he would work me hard. He is the perfect example of the position coach I would like to play for, I like him a lot."

Vidal also mentioned the importance of the amount of players the Canes that have gone to the pros and prospered.

"A lot of players each year make it in the NFL, so I like that," Hazelton said.

Whichever school is lucky enough to get Hazelton's dynamic abilities next season will be more than happy to know that Vidal takes pride in being more than just a guy who will put up big numbers, game in and game out.

"I think that I do a lot of the little things that not everybody else does," Hazelton said. "Like picking up blocks, running crisp routes, and not to mention being a deep ball threat for my team."

Vidal Hazelton's season may be over but his recruiting one has just begun.

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