College Park LB Dylan Hazen signs with Wake Forest
THE WOODLANDS, TX -- After a district championship season, The College Park Cavaliers football team adds another item to their list of accomplishments. The team’s defensive leader, LB Dylan Hazen signed with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Wednesday morning.
The ACC squad will add a three-star, top-50 inside linebacker, who had an impressive career during his time at College Park.
In his three varsity seasons, Hazen led the team in tackles every year. In total, 282 tackles, 52 TFLs, 23 sacks, and six forced fumbles. Hazen has been named First Team All-District in 2018, 2019, and soon will be on the 2020 list as well. Hazen is also a finalist for Houston Touchdown Club player of the year. Hazen is just the second CP player to be a finalist for the award (Josh Bankhead, 2019).
“It feels good to become a Deac,” said Hazen. “I’ve been dreaming of becoming a Power Five athlete since I started this journey. Being able to solidify that and confirm that is just an unbelievable feeling.”
Hazen says that having family near the Wake Forest area and the beautiful scenery on and around the campus helped add to what made Wake Forest a great fit, both academically and athletically.
The Hazen family are mostly Clemson fans, but Dylan should be able to change that during his time with the Demon Deacons.
“For the next four years, they’ll be Wake Forest fans, for sure,” said Hazen. “It’s going to be amazing to play in those stadiums like Death Valley. I think we play Army when I’m there as well, so it’s going to be fun to play in all those different stadiums.”
Hazen has accomplished a lot during his time at College Park, but he’s also learned a lot as well. Hazen said chemistry and communication is something that he learned is important to the game.
“If one person’s not doing the right job, something’s going to open up,” said Hazen. “If you’re playing a really good team, and we’re not on the same page, they’re going to gash us and expose our weaknesses, so communication, being able to make sure everyone’s on the same page on the field, will probably be one of the biggest things I take away.”
Hazen will join 17 other players, who have signed to play for Wake Forest.