Scout's No. 1 WR On Impromptu Visit

Four young men clad in black crept along the sideline of Beaver Stadium last weekend in relative obscurity. The four Hargrave Military Academy standouts couldn't escape the watchful eye of, though, as they were spotted and recognized as Callahan Bright, Jerrell Powe, Joe Nairn and Vidal Hazelton.

We caught up with Vidal Hazelton, the No. 1-rated wide receiver in the nation according to, to get an indepth interview with him about the trip. Hazelton has been all over the map as far as his schools of interest are concerned. Dexter Hazelton, the father of the 6-foot-3, 205-pound former New York state star has long liked Penn State.

“My father wanted me to check them out, so I took an unofficial visit up there,” Hazelton said. “We played at Virginia Tech [vs. the Hokie JV squad] on Friday, so I checked out the campus and everything there, then at 4:00 a.m. we left for Penn State. I took Bright, Powe and Nairn up with me.”

Just because the trip was impromptu style, does not mean that Hazelton came away unimpressed.

“I had fun there, it was tight,” he said. “PSU has something going on up there. They should be sweet in the future. I would say it’s a school I’m considering. They had 100,000 plus. The fans are crazy, man, I was signing autographs and everything.”

Hazelton got to spend some time hanging out with Nittany Lions such as Derrick Williams, Terrell Golden and Jordan Norwood, but it was his second meeting with the legend Joe Paterno that was the highlight of this trip.

“I met Coach Paterno, but this time I got his autograph.”

Another moment that ranks high with Hazelton was his NCAA 2006 Playstation 2 battle against the self-proclaimed Nittany Lion champ, Derrick Williams.

“He’s always talking smack on me, but I took him to school. He scored on me and then I took it to him. I had a great time hanging out with the guys up there. I stayed all day Saturday and most of the day Sunday.”

Hazelton currently has visits scheduled to Tennessee, USC and Miami. Penn State is in the running for one of the final two spots with Georgia, Florida, Florida State and Virginia.

“I’ll likely visit Florida, so it will be between the others for the final visit. I’m letting my dad set up all that stuff.”

Hargrave is 7-2 on the season as Hazelton has caught 28 passes for 756 yards and 11 touchdowns. Hargrave has a big game this weekend against its rival Fork Union.


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