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Top 2019 receiver Isaiah Hazel had dreams of playing running back

As a kid, Wise wide receiver Isaiah Hazel had a dream of becoming the next great NFL running back.

This dream is now turning into a reality, as Hazel currently has over ten offers from schools including Maryland, Miami, West Virginia, and Virginia Tech. However, Hazel hasn’t always this good.

Growing up, he was not always the best player within his age group.

“I was in eighth grade and it was my first time working out serious with a trainer and I was confused. I was playing running back at the time and I was tall and skinny. I thought further and tried to play cornerback and wide receiver and I played sloppy and bad.” Hazel said.  

But this didn’t stop Hazel from continuing to work hard and get better as a receiver.

“Due to this, I trained and trained everyday to get where I am now,” Hazel said.

Right now, Hazel is currently ranked as a four-star wide receiver and ranked as the No.1 player in the class of 2019 in Maryland.

“My dream is the NFL. If it wasn’t for my dream I’d be a nonchalant football player. My goal is to go big Division I school. I got the offers but it’s all about if I can get into the school,” Hazel said.

Although he had a dream of playing running back, Hazel plays wide receiver and is described as a “baby Dez Bryant” by Dr. Henry A. Wise High School head coach DaLawn Parrish.

“He is a strong, physical wide receiver who works very hard. His route running is very polished and he pretty much never drops stuff.” Parrish said.

Hazel’s great hands have separated as the best receiver in the state, making him the most coveted pass-catcher in the state.

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As good as he is at wide-receiver, he still hasn’t been playing the position for that long.

Hazel grew up wanting to play running back in middle school, but switched to wide receiver in high school.

At Wise, Hazel been apart of a team that has won 34 straight games, including back-to-back Maryland 4A football championships.

“Last season went well. We had a great team. It helped me become a better leader for this season. The character of players on the field and in the classroom helped me become a better man.” Hazel said.

Hazel is looking for a college that is big on education, and will make him a better man.

At Wise, Hazel is on the Dean’s List and strides everyday to work hard in the classroom.

“Education is what I’m looking for most. It can make me a better man after football because you don’t play football forever,” Hazel said

So far this season, Hazel has been sidelined with a turf toe injury and has missed two games.

In his first game back against Bowie High School, Hazel finished with a 50-yard touchdown pass.

Wise is averaging over 40.6 points per game and has dominated every opponent they have played. You can find Hazel back on the field this week as Wise will face Oxon Hill in a thriller on Oct. 13.

Isaiah Cromer

Isaiah is a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major at the University of Maryland College Park. Isaiah is a recruiting writer, editor, apart of TLB TV, and also has his own radio show on WMUC Sports.
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Isaiah is a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major at the University of Maryland College Park. Isaiah is a recruiting writer, editor, apart of TLB TV, and also has his own radio show on WMUC Sports.