Prep All-American Wide Receiver Vidal Hazelton Signs With USC

Feb. 24, 2006

High school All-American wide receiver Vidal Hazelton of Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., signed a letter of intent with four-time defending Pac-10 champion USC, Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.

The 6-3, 200-pound Hazelton becomes the 25th player to join USC's 2006 recruiting class, giving the Trojans what many national recruiting publications have listed as one of the nation's top classes for the fourth consecutive year.

'All along, we counted on Vidal being a big factor in the strength of our recruiting class,' said Carroll. 'It's taken a while for everyone to come together on this decision, but we're pleased for him and his family that it is finalized. We expect him to play a big role on our team and to compete for playing time right away.'

Hazelton was a 2005 Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American third team, U.S. Army All-American Game participant, Super Prep All-Mid Atlantic Offensive MVP and Prep Star All-Atlantic choice as a senior wide receiver and defensive back at Hargrave. He had 41 receptions for 942 yards (23.0 avg.) with 13 TDs in 2005.

As a junior in 2005 at Moore Catholic High in Staten Island (N.Y.), he caught 39 passes for 784 yards (20.1 avg.) with 17 TDs, ran for 240 yards with 4 scores and posted 38 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions for TDs.

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