Hazelton's recruitment intensifies

Just one day ago, Staten Island (N.Y.) Moore Catholic wide receiver Vidal Hazelton almost committed to Virginia. After setting down with his family and thinking things out he decided to wait it out. Less than 24 hours later, he had his seventh written offer.

Vidal Hazelton (6-3, 195, 4.5) may turn out to be the top prospect in New York this season. He has already garnered written offers from Pittsburgh, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Rutgers, and Marshall.

"I'm interested in the school's that have offered me," Hazelton said. "I'm not going to be all interested in someone, when they aren't showing me any."

Versatility is the key component to Hazelton's game. He plays wide receiver, defensive back, he returns kickoff's and punts, and he even handles his teams placekicking chores. During his junior Hazelton caught 39 passes for 780 yards, and 17 touchdowns. He intercepted four passes and returned two for scores. Hazelton also returned one kickoff for a touchdown. As a reward for his dominance Hazelton was awarded All-Area status.

"Most of the time I am getting double covered, so it opens up my teammates," Hazelton said. "If you try and cover me one on one then you gonna have problems. I have outstanding leaping ability, most of the time you throw it up and I'm going to go up and get it. I feel that I have good game speed as well."

Hazelton has taken junior day trips to Rutgers and Virginia.

"My cousin Justin Walker is a UVA grad, it's nice down there," Hazelton said.

This weekend, Hazelton is planning on taking a trip to North Carolina (2/25) and Maryland (2/26) for their junior day events.

"I think I'm going to Auburn on March 5th ," Hazelton said.

A number of other school's have shown a significant interest in Hazelton, including Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Penn State, Michigan State, and Miami.

"I am expecting Michigan State to offer very soon," Hazelton said.

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