Top prospect Hazelton signs with USC

Updated: February 25, 2006, 10:19 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Standout wide receiver Vidal Hazelton of Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., has signed a letter of intent to attend Southern California.

"All along, we counted on Vidal being a big factor in the strength of our recruiting class," USC coach Pete Carroll said Friday in a statement issued by the school. "It's taken a while for everyone to come together on this decision, but we're pleased for him and his family that it is finalized.

"We expect him to play a big role on our team and to compete for playing time right away."

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Hazelton becomes the 25th player to join USC's 2006 recruiting class -- considered one of the best in the country. He caught 41 passes for 942 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.

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