Hazely Wowed By UCLA Junior Day

Corona (Calif.) Santiago receiver Jemond Hazely had a great visit to UCLA for their Junior Day last month and he's hoping to get more recruiting attention from Bruins...

Last fall, when we went to see UCLA signee Jordon James and his Corona (Calif.) team take on Corona (Calif.) Santiago, a player who caught our eye was Santiago receiver Jemond Hazely.

The 6-1, 185-pound Hazely had an excellent game, teaming up with Duke-signee Brandon Connette on numerous occasions to help the Sharks rout Corona. Hazely matched up against USC-bound cornerback Demetrius Wright and got him head-to-head.

This is what we wrote about Hazely then: Hazely was one of the bigger revelations from the weekend. We were impressed with his speed and route-running but also with his hands, which are excellent. He was Connette's favorite target on the evening, and Corona had a difficult time stopping him. Hazely finished with seven catches for 145 yards and hooked up with Connette for the Sharks' lone touchdown through the air.

Now Hazely is hoping to turn his fine junior season into a bigger senior year and land some offers.

"So far, recruiting has gone really well," said Hazely. "I made a big splash my junior season, but I'm just working harder this offseason to make a bigger splash."

Hazely is waiting for his first offer, and in the meantime, is hearing from a host of schools.

"I've been hearing mostly from UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and Idaho," said Hazely.

Last month, Hazely was in Westwood for a Junior Day visit.

"I went to UCLA's Junior Day and had a wonderful time with my friend Michael Eubank (Corona Centennial quarterback)," said Hazely. "I'm really looking forward to going back. Coach (Wayne) Moses and Coach (Reggie) Moore talked with me. They said they want to see me some more in the spring."

Hazely grew up rooting for USC, but the Bruins are who he's focused on.

"Since a young kid, I always loved USC, but I fell in love with UCLA when I took my tour there," said Hazely. "I know Tony Dye too and he's been talking me up."

Hazely said he's planning to take some time in the process, take some visits, and hit some camps come late spring and summer. He was selected to the Vegas 21 after a strong performance at the Badger/New Level 7on7 earlier this month, helping his team to the semifinals.

Academically, he has a 3.0 GPA and took the SAT earlier in March.

Last fall, Hazely had 44 receptions for 695 yards and scored six touchdowns.


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