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Tennessee rates well with Hazelton

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Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military wide receiver Vidal Hazelton took his second official visit of the recruiting season, this one to Tennessee for their home matchup against Memphis. Coming off his official to Virginia Tech, how did Knoxville compare and where do the Vols rate with the nation's No. 2 wideout?
"It was a good visit, the people were cool and I liked my hosts," said the 6-foot-3, 193-pounder. "I was hosted by Robert Meachem and Rico McCoy and I had a good time. On a scale of 1-10 I'd rate it an 8 1/2 or a 9."
That's slightly lower than his score of 10 for his official visit to Virginia Tech. How did they compare?
"The crowd at Virginia Tech was much more crazy," he said. "That atmosphere was crazy there in Blacksburg. The Tennessee fans weren't as loud and didn't seem to be as into the game. Maybe it's because they're not having a great season because I've heard how loud it can get. I liked my visit to Tennessee, but Virginia Tech was a little better."
Hazelton was impressed with the facilities at Tennessee.
"Those are great," he said. "They have nice facilities and I also liked the offense they ran because it was four-wide from the start. They're losing two senior wide receivers which would allow me to go in and play, but you can tell there's a little chaos going on down there. They don't have an offensive coordinator, but they hope to hire one in two weeks."
Is Tennessee still in the hunt?
"They are and I'm curious to see who they hire as offensive coordinator and learn more about him," he said. "I'm still considering them along with all the others."
Next up for Hazelton is an official visit to Southern Cal this upcoming weekend followed by an official to Miami on Nov. 25. His last visit will be to either Florida, Georgia, Penn State or Florida State.
"Right now I'm leaning to Florida for that visit," he said. "But I don't know where I'm going on the fifth for sure."
Hazelton's season is over and he had a successful year against players at least a year older than him.
"I finished with 41 catches for 946 yards and 13 touchdowns," he said. "Teams started to cover me with two or even three guys after around mid-season so I could have had more, but I guess those are good numbers."
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