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Hazelton adds offers, visits Cuse

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Wide receiver Vidal Hazelton out of Staten Island (N.Y.) Moore Catholic just picked up two more offers in the past few days from the ACC and Big Ten. He also took a visit to home state power Syracuse.
The 6-foot-2, 192-pound receiver got offers from Penn State and Virginia Tech. What did the wideout think about the Virginia Tech offer?
"They have a solid program and good coaching," he said. "They are ACC champions and they speak for themselves. The offer wasn't too much of a surprise, I had been keeping in touch with coach Rogers and he told me he was sending an offer."
What does Hazelton like about the Virginia Tech program?
"I haven't had a chance to see it, but from what I see the coaching staff is good," he said. "They won the ACC championship so they got a good program and I'm sure the academics are good too."
And the Penn State offer?
"I was kind of surprised, I thought out of all the schools they should have been on me first, but I'm excited about the offer and all the offers," he said. "They have a nice coaching staff with coach Norwood and I'll get to see more on April 30th (NIKE). He told me I have the offer, they just like to give it to the player in person. I'm looking forward to see if they have the stuff I'm looking for in a college -- a good coaching staff, good academics and a solid football program. Joe Paterno is an old-time, big-time coach and he's well experienced and that's good too."
Last weekend, Hazelton also took a visit to Syracuse to watch the spring practice.
"It was exciting, they have a nice coaching staff and the practice was nice," he said. "You can tell the team really wants to win and that's a plus. I'm pretty impressed with the new staff; they seem to know what they are doing. They had a really good quarterback there, number 10, he's got a strong arm and that's what I was paying most attention to. They've got good receivers, but none of them are over six foot, so they don't have size."
With approximately 15 offers, does the wide receiver prospect have any favorites?
"Right now I'm wide open to all of the schools."
Besides heading up to check out Penn State at the end of the month, Hazelton also plans to attend the Penn State Nike Camp and the Elite College Combine in East Rutherford, New Jersey in May. What is Hazelton doing in preparation for the combines now?
"I'm running track, lifting weights and playing some basketball too," he said. "Track has helped me a lot with my 40 time, getting out of the blocks and my start. I'm also doing some catching and running routes. My speed definitely is the biggest improvement, my other focus is to get sharper route running. I can say that a lot of people will see my speed on April 30th."
As for next year, Hazelton has some big aspirations.
"I want to win the championship," he said. "Last year we got there, but lost and I want to try to win it this year. I'm also going to try to break all the records."
The wide receiver is also planning on sending out tape to Ole Miss, Kansas State and Connecticut. He has been talking to coach Johnson at Miami recently as well.
"They haven't offered yes, but of course they interest me," he said. "He mainly wants me to get down to camps and evaluate me more. I like that they've got a solid program and they speak for themselves, that's a big-time program."
Last year Hazelton ran for 240 yards and four touchdowns, he added 39 receptions for 784 yards and 17 touchdowns. On defense, he made 28 tackles and three sacks.
Hazelton should qualify with a solid 2.8 GPA.
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