Thursday, January 15, 2009
Reports of former USC wide receiver Vidal Hazelton transferring to Cincinnati are apparently premature. According to this article by Bill Koch of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Hazelton is very high on Cincy and is supposedly leaning in their direction, but will visit UC this weekend in order to make his final assessment.
Syracuse is the other finalist on Hazelton's list, but UC seems to be the school of choice for him due to its driveable distance to Georgia (where his sick gradfather resides), and their apt implementation of the spread offense (a system that he prefers to participate in).
It's worth noting however, that new Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone and his offensive coordinator Rob Spence would like to bring a more "wide-open" brand of football to the Carrier Dome. That does not necessarily imply "spread offense," but it could certainly employ spread principles and make for something Hazelton should consider.
We'll make sure to update you once VH has made his final decision.