When Largo High School senior cornerback Aaron Hazel made his college commitment to Fairmont State University on Feb. 1, he felt the school was going to be another home for him.
“The love Fairmont State welcomed me with was just amazing,” Hazel said. “They made me feel right at home, I know how the teachers are at Fairmont and I know I can get help in the classroom when I need it.”
Before committing to Fairmont State, Hazel had an offer from Alderson and Broadus University.
Hazel believed he had a great experience playing for Largo. Every time he stepped onto the field, Hazel played his heart out and gave his all.
“Playing for Largo is just a great experience and I love it,” Hazel said. “I play every game to the fullest and I’ve always finished out games strong. I just made plays for my team to win games. ”
Just as Hazel arrived to Largo his freshman year, he didn’t play football. He played on the basketball team his freshman and sophomore year. His junior and senior year, he made decided to play football under Head Coach Derron Thomas.
“I have a great relationship with Coach Thomas, and the rest of the Largo coaches especially Coach Gunny, he made me the corner I am today. In the summer, he would take me to the field to better my defensive back skills, and I’m confident in my game, and can play on the island with any wide receiver,” Hazel said.
Hazel will join Gonzaga running back Tyree Randolph, who is the Purple Eagles all-time rushing leader, at Fairmont. Hazel’s top priority is to play at the highest level when the season comes around.
“I plan on giving the team my all every practice, film study, and in the game. I put my heart and soul in the game of football,” Hazel said.