MSU: Come North, Young Man

Michigan State is looking to solidify the tight end position by drawing from a deep Midwest pool of talent. Do they have a shot at 6-foot-9 Indianapolis star Edward Hazelett? Click through for an update on his recruitment ...

Teams from all over the country want the chance to insert Edward Hazelett into their offense.

The 6-foot-9 Warren Central (Indianapolis) tight end has a Michigan State offer to go along with 22 others from teams in the Big Ten, SEC, Pac 10, and ACC, among others.

"I'm open right now, I really haven't narrowed it down to five teams," Hazelett says.

MSU is one school he wants to find out more about. He wanted to get to East Lansing for the annual spring game and learn more about the program's traditions, but a tight AAU schedule kept him from attending.

His high school coaches tell him the Spartan coaching staff really wants to get him on campus, and Hazelett concurs.

"I plan on making a trip to (MSU) before schools starts back or during the school year," he says.

When he can fit them into his AAU schedule, he also plans on hitting a few summer camps.

Basketball is important to Hazelett, and he will embrace being a two sport star in college — if it's realistic.

"I want to do that but it may not be something that — I might not be looking too hard for it. But if I could have that opportunity, than yeah, I would want to play both sports," he says.

"And Michigan State would be the perfect place for that, I feel. … I know they've had a couple of players play both basketball and football."

Hezelett runs a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash and presents incredible match-up problems for linebackers and DBs. But blocking is what he is presently known for in the run-dominated system at Warren Central – and he's improving.

He graded out with an 88% blocking rate as a sophomore then improved that number to 92% as a junior.

He reports a max bench press of 300-pounds, squats 405 and power cleans 275. In addition to AAU this summer, Hazelett is focusing on continuing and expanding his success on the gridiron next fall.

"Coach has been telling me that he is going to utilize me (in the passing game) more," he says.

As for a when he might choose a destination for his talent, Hazelett is in it for the long haul.

"I won't make my decision until probably signing day," he says.


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