Dinwiddie TE Khalil Hazelwood (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
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by Drakar Harvell, recruit804
Dinwiddie has produced a lot of stand-out players over the last decade.
Khalil Hazelwood is another rising star in that category.
Dinwiddie has become a powerhouse not only in the 804, but around the whole state of Virginia. Coach Billy Mills sets a great foundation that produces successful players. Since Coach Mills took over in 2005, the Generals, beginning in 2007, have reached the playoffs. They have 13 consecutive seasons with a playoff berth, 4 unbeaten regular seasons in 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2017. They brought home a state championship in 2013 on a perfect 15-0 record, state runner-up honors in 2008 and 2016. Coach Mills has done something that no other coach has done for that program. He has sent nearly 85% of his players to college and Khalil Hazelwood will be another one of those players.
Hazelwood came to the Clash of the Titians camp to get better and that is exactly what he did. When asked about the camp he stated, “It went pretty good, I got to compete against some good players from the 804 and 757. It boosted my confidence to see where I am at against some of the top players in Virginia.”
Hazelwood has gotten better over the last year and it showed at the camp.
He has put the work in this off-season and now he is ready to show the colleges how he has improved. He stated, “My speed, my strength, and how understand the game has gotten better.” Like every player’s strength, they also have somethings they can improve on. He continued, “I need to focus on my routes more.” He spoke highly about his program at Dinwiddie. When asked about the program at Dinwiddie he stated, “All football programs are about character. Last 12 years we’ve been in playoffs back to back. We got a lot of high-end players coming out of Dinwiddie and we compete up there.”
Hazelwood currently holds an offer from ODU and is a stellar performer in the classroom with a 3.2 GPA. He is also coming off a stellar 2019 football season in which he was awarded 2nd Team All-Region TE. Being a leader not only on the football field, but also in the classroom is an attribute that he displays best. “You have to be a leader in the classroom because if you don’t have the grades, college coaches are not going to look at you. It doesn’t matter how good you are.”
– Drakar Harvell