Maryland head coach Michael Locksley has secured the first commitment flip since taking control of the program, as Isaiah Hazel has decided to decommit from West Virginia and commit to the Terrapins.
The news of Hazel’s flip was first reported by Scout and confirmed by multiple other outlets Wednesday morning.
Hazel is a four-star wide receiver from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who attends Dr. Henry Wise high school in Prince George’s County. He originally committed to West Virginia on July 28th, 2018 and his flip became official on Wednesday. The 247Sports Composite ranks Hazel as the fourth-best player out of Maryland in 2019, and as the 35th-best wide receiver.
Maryland will have some turnover at the wide receiver position, as mainstays like Taivon Jacobs and Jahrvis Davenport are outgoing seniors and freshmen like Jeshaun Jones and Dontay Demus proved themselves to be effective at a high level in 2018. Hazel is the third commitment at the position for 2019, behind Todd Simmons (as a walk-on) and Dino Tomlin.
Along with his solid hands, Hazel has shown instincts on the defensive side of the ball. Once in College Park, he could potentially take the same route as Tino Ellis or Rayshad Lewis, and switch to defensive back. With the loss of Darnell Savage and RaVon Davis to graduation, the Terrapins may rely on the help of young players to fill secondary roles in 2019.