3-Star Hazelett one of UofL's top targets

Edward Hazelett is an intriguing two-sport prospect. At 6-9, 265, the Warren Central (IN) HS standout is an accomplished basketball player. He's also one of the nation's top tight end prospects on the gridiron. Rated the No. 8 TE prospect nationally, Hazelett is one of the top offensive prospects on Louisville's recruiting board. What does Hazelett think about the Cardinals?

Edward Hazelett is an intriguing two-sport prospect. At 6-9, 265, the Warren Central (IN) HS standout is an accomplished basketball player. He's also one of the nation's top tight end prospects on the gridiron. Rated the No. 8 TE prospect nationally, Hazelett is one of the top offensive prospects on Louisville's recruiting board. What does Hazelett think about the Cardinals?

Used primarily as a blocking tight end in his high schools offense – Warren Central rushed for almost 5,000 yards last season, Hazelett, because of his potential and impressive physical stature, has already received 23 scholarship offers, including one from Louisville.

"Louisville is a school that I'm looking at," Hazelett said. "I feel like that's one of the schools I can maybe I can make it to the next level at. I got the offer toward the end of my sophomore year and then I received a written offer during my junior year. So I'm real excited about that offer."

While Hazelett hasn't received any new offers recently, Wisconsin watched him workout last week. Because of his basketball schedule Hazelett hasn't been able to make many visits this spring, though he did attend Cincinnati's junior day. "Louisville wanted me to come down for junior day but it's kind of hard for me because of my AAU schedule," said Hazelett, who helped Spiece Indy Heat reached the round of 16 at the King James Shootout in Akron, Ohio over the weekend.

Basketball is definitely something Hazelett enjoys and he's hoping for an opportunity to play both sports in college. At Louisville, the Cardinals have had a few recent two-sport players, including 6-8 wide receiver Josh Chichester, who played some for Rick Pitino's team last season. "That's something I would like but I haven't really discussed it with the (Louisville) coaches yet," Hazelett said.

It's still very early in the recruiting process for Hazelett. Instead of putting together a list of favorites, Hazelett has concentrated his efforts on his school work and on becoming a better prospect in both sports he plays.

"I really don't have a top five but Ohio State, USC, LSU and Florida are up there but I don't have offers from any of those (programs)," Hazelett said.

Soon, though, Hazelett knows he'll have to get more serious about his recruitment. Hazelett already knows a few of the factors that will help him choose a school and he'll soon put together a short list of college's he'll look at more closely.

"I'll look at the graduation rate, history and tradition and if they have the best major for me," he said. "Next week I plan to narrow my list down and by the end of spring I should have the official list of schools I'm looking at because right now my mom told me to just play ball and be a kid and that's what I'm doing."

What are Louisville's odds of landing on Hazelett's short list? "Louisville for sure will make the list because they consider me one of their top guys," said Hazelett. "So Louisville will definitely be on that list."


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