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Hazelton sets up first

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Last week the nation's No. 2 wide receiver took in three unofficial visits to the Florida schools, Vidal Hazelton even set up one of his official visits on the trip as well. What did Hazelton think of the three schools and with what school did he set up an official visit?
"I'm setting up official visits to all three of those schools in the month of July," he said. "I already set up an official with Florida State on September 4th. I'm going to watch the Miami-Florida State game there."
Miami and Florida will also receive official visits from Hazelton's in September too. The Rivals100 star just doesn't have anything officially scheduled with the either school yet.
After visiting all three last week, what were his perceptions of each program?
"You can't go wrong with any of those schools. All three have good academics. The most important thing you have to decide between them is what type of city you want to live in," he said. "We went around the campus at Florida and the offense there is really exciting. We also looked at the stadium and I got to check it out with coach Addazio and Meyer. Urban Meyer is a really nice person and I like him.
"The thing I liked about Miami is that they have a small campus. The academics there are real tough and it's a strong football program that you can't go wrong with. Coach Coker was a real down-to-earth guy and I like the wide receiver coach, Curtis Johnson a lot. Florida State was nice and I like the facilities there. They practice really hard and the coaches and players are nice and cool. I liked all of the visits, they were all great. I would say after the visits all three are definitely in my top five."
With his decision to visit all three Florida schools in September, when is the Staten Island (N.Y.) Moore Catholic star looking to decide?
"I'm still not sure on that, but probably around the end of September," he said. "I'm not sure if I'll take all five visits, but I know those three I will visit for sure."
Other schools of interest for Hazelton include Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
One other issue of note is where he'll be playing high school football next year.
"I can't say I know right now where or when we're moving," he said. "All I know is that I'm moving to Virginia, so I just know it's going to be somewhere around there."
With him moving to Virginia, what are his thoughts about playing on the same team with the nation's number one prospect Percy Harvin at Landstown High School?
"Academics are going to come first for me in high school, but to play with Percy and that team would be a lot of fun."
No matter where he goes, Hazelton is looking to have another breakout year.
"I'm focusing on my senior season in high school and I'm just trying to have fun and have a good season."
Hazelton accounted for over 1,000 total yards of offense and 21 touchdowns; he added 28 tackles and three sacks on defense. The wide receiver prospect was named Daily News all-star, all-league and Staten Island Advance all-star his junior year.
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