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December 27, 2005Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military wide receiver Vidal Hazelton blew up this past Spring at the Elite College Combine and offers began to flood in. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder has narrowed down his list to three schools and is set to announce his decision on national television on Friday. So who are the finalists and what time is decision time?
"I'm announcing on Friday at 3:40 (PM EST) on ESPNews," said the nation's No. 2 wide receiver. "It's down to Southern Cal, Penn State and Miami."
Hazelton took official visits to all three places this year and admits it will be a tough decision.
"I've always loved The U and the style and swagger of Miami players," he said. "I also have a good relationship with Pat Devlin, and that's important because I want to be comfortable with my quarterback.
"Southern Cal I like for all the obvious reasons. They don't lose games, they play freshmen at wide receiver and that offense is awesome. I became tight with Dwayne Jarrett out there on my visit and he talkd about the distance from home. I don't think it would be an issue.
"Penn State came on strong late for me and I feel very comfortable there. A few of my friends are looking to play football there and Derrick Williams and I were cool when I visited. They need wide receivers there as much as anybody."
So what will it come down to?
"Comfort level, opportunity and just an overall feel," he said. "I don't really care much about competition because that will be everywhere and I want to earn my chance. I want to win a national championship and all three teams can do that, so it will just come down to a gut feeling and where I feel good at."
Hazelton also took official visits to Tennessee and Virginia Tech but has eliminated both schools. He wanted to visit Georgia but never got the chance.
This past season Hazelton reeled in 41 passes for 942 yards and 13 scores against college-level competition. He feels ready to impact whatever school he chooses.
"This past season at Hargrave made a big difference for me," he said. "I took my game up another notch that I wouldn't have been able to do in high school and I grew up and matured. I'm ready to play now."