Grand County High School senior Eli Hazlett signed a letter of intent with Brigham Young University, becoming the first Red Devil athlete in over a decade to commit to a Division 1 school. Hazlett will compete in track.
In a written statement to The Times-Independent, Grand County Athletic Director Ron Dolphin said, “Eli is one of the most naturally gifted and talented athletes that have walked the halls of Grand County in some time. There have been many others with hard work and dedication to reach their full potential. Eli really has a unique opportunity to showcase his talent in athletics. We are proud of his accomplishments to date and are excited to see the new heights he can obtain after high school.”
The Times-Independent spoke to Hazlett on Monday afternoon during basketball practice.
T-I: How did you find out BYU was interested in you?
Hazlett: “I trained up in Provo with a club up there and that was when I started getting wind they were interested in me. Their director of recruitment followed me on Instagram, I think in my sophomore year, so that’s when I found out they were interested in me.”
T-I: Has going to BYU been a lifelong goal for you? Have you been dreaming about going there since you were 3 years old?
Hazlett: “Well, as a kid, I’ve always dreamt about being really good at sports, but college was never really a first option for me. Now that it came down to real life, it was a dream to go to the best college I could and I want to do as good as I can.”
T-I: No man can do it all alone. Who has helped you over the years?
Hazlett: “Most of my teammates, Teddy [Park], Connor [Guerrero], Kaine [Allred], they really kept me going my freshman year when I had an injury and they kept me from quitting track and I pursued it the next year and I was successful.”
T-I: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hazlett: “Hopefully still doing what I love. A job in sports? I don’t know.”
T-I: What do you want your legacy to be here in Grand County? What do you want to leave? What do you want to take away?
Hazlett: I definitely want to be a role model. Hopefully, I will leave a record that won’t be beat for a very long time. What I’d like to take away is a lot of good friends and a lot of good high school experiences.”