Former five-star recruit and University of Southern California player Vidal Hazelton is currently expected to transfer to the University of Cincinnati.
The 6'2", 210-pound wide receiver had a very good reason for transferring, according to what he told the Los Angeles Times: "A lot of things played into my decision," Hazelton said in a phone interview. "Football had something to do with it, but my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer and being closer to home is the main thing."
Hazelton was bothered by injuries this season, catching only six passes on the season for USC. He suffered a high ankle sprain in the season opener, and was never able to get back into his 2007 season form.
Hazelton will, of course, have to sit out the upcoming 2009 season for the Bearcats, unless somehow the NCAA provides a hardship waiver for having to move closer to home for his grandfather. This is not likely, though.
Look for Hazelton to make quite an impact for Cincinnati in the future, though. There is a reason he was so highly touted coming out of high school. Let us not forget that he led USC in receiving in 2007, also.