SEABROOK – At the end of May, Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School wide receiver Isaiah Hazel announced his top seven schools during the recruiting process as arguably one of the best wide receivers in the state of Maryland. He finally narrowed that list down to Tennessee, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Maryland, […]
SEABROOK – At the end of May, Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School wide receiver Isaiah Hazel announced his top seven schools during the recruiting process as arguably one of the best wide receivers in the state of Maryland.
He finally narrowed that list down to Tennessee, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Maryland, and Alabama.
However, Hazel will be taking his talents to the University of West Virginia. Hazel is one of the top Mountaineer recruits that the team has signed for their 2019 class.
“First I would like to give honor to God for all the wonderful blessings he has put in my life,” Hazel said. “I want to thank my family, friends, and most importantly my coaches. I have done a lot of praying and thinking, and this has led me to the place I belong.”
Over the past three years, Hazel has accomplished a lot for the Pumas. The six-foot-one, 191-pound deep threat accounted for 681 yards receiving on 44 receptions with eight receiving touchdowns as a rising senior.
However, Wise Offensive Coordinator Steve Rapp feels that he will need to tighten up on his route running and matching the speed of the game for the college level.
“Isaiah is a four-year varsity player that has been a big impact for us each year,” Rapp said. “His freshman year was like his redshirt year, then his sophomore and junior year he was the starting wide receiver and you know he has battled some injuries and I think with those injuries he hasn’t really had that chip on his shoulder, but he will be unleashed going into his last year here at Wise.”
Hazel looks to finish his final year at Wise with another undefeated season under his belt and another state title before he heads off to West Virginia next fall.
West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen who has a history of coaching highly-skilled wide receivers such as Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant when Holgorsen coached him as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State in 2008.
“Dana’s program wants to throw the football,” Rapp said. “He has always had a solid quarterback in his coaching career and talented receivers like Dez Bryant who is similar to Isaiah regarding body size. I just think Isaiah paid attention to detail during his recruiting process and Dana’s history served a lot in the recruitment.”
Isaiah’s brother, Aaron Hazel, who plays football for Fairmont State University said the two work out a lot when their home together. He said he feels his little brother needs to work on being more physical for his size advantage.
“West Virginia is a good move for him because they like throwing the ball and they also needed to add a solid wide receiver to their group.”