Hilltoppers Land Big Commitment - Literally

By: James Brandenburg Email
By: James Brandenburg Email

Western Kentucky University has tapped Indianapolis' Warren Central High School for recruits in the past - in fact, three members of WKU's football team prepped there.

Now, WKU has tapped the Warriors for another prospect - and a very large one at that.

6-foot-8, 265-pound tight end Ed Hazelett's casting his lot with the Hilltoppers. Hazelett's the 27th-best tight end in the country according to Scout.com and the 44th-best offensive tackle in the nation according to Rivals.com.

"I think he's really excited to be playing for the Hilltoppers," said John Hart, football coach at Warren Central in a telephone message Thursday. "We have two kids playing there from Reitz (High School in Evansville) that I coached and I know there are a couple of former Warren Central players there as well. That's something Ed looks forward to."

But Hazelett might not be interested in helping out only David Elson's football team. According to first-year Warren Central basketball coach Greg Graham, Hazelett has the chance to play basketball for WKU as well.

"He's a great, solid basketball player," Graham said via telephone Thursday. "He's a true dual-sport athlete. I couldn't be happier for him."

He also said Hazelett could've gone to a school just for its basketball program but chose not to.

"I talked to coaches and there were universities interested in him," Graham said. "But he wants to play football and some of the schools interested didn't want him to play football.

"Ed's kind of a nice kid who didn't want to disappoint anybody... if he wanted to just play basketball he had opportunities to do just that."

Graham declined to say which schools were interested in Hazelett on a basketball-only basis.

He was complimentary of Hazelett's basketball ability, especially his versatility. "I've been seeing Ed since he was in eighth grade. He's a post player, but can step out and shoot the 15-foot jump shot. He's good athletically."

WKU coaches can't comment on incoming recruits until they sign a national letter-of-intent, so there's no confirmation from the university that Hazelett will play both sports.

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