February 17, 2009

Hagan high on Ohio State

Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon McMillan junior safety Chad Hagan has yet to gain any offers, but that hasn't stopped the stud from formulating a top three.

Though Hagan has drawn interest from a wide-range of schools, including Cincinnati, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, and West Virginia, the junior defender has already been able to determine where he thinks he would like to play.

"I already have a top three as of right now of the schools are the most interesting to me," Hagan said. "My favorites are OSU, Penn State, and Pitt. They are the schools that have been showing the most interest and all three of them are close to home and therefore my mother and my coach can be around to see me play."

While Hagan has been able to materialize a list of schools that may suit him the best, the fact of the matter is the recruitment process is still in the rather early stages. That being said, Hagan said he is enjoying the process and looking forward to getting to know his options a bit more.

"It has been going pretty well," Hagan said of his recruitment process thus far. "There have been a bunch of schools that have come in and come to my school like Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Minnesota. It is really cool that big schools like this are showing interest."

In terms of Ohio State, Hagan has been in steady contact with Buckeye co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell.

"I have been in contact with coach Fickell this past week," Hagan said. "He has been to the school three or four times now. They are just getting my film and stuff and I was going to call pretty soon."

While an official offer hasn't been sent his way, Hagan said he expects one from every school listed in his top three.

"Pitt told me to come up for a private meeting so they can offer probably," Hagan said. "Penn State offered my teammate Mike Hull and they told me to keep working on my grades and stuff and they are going to offer. With Ohio State, Coach Fickell said they are working on an offer. I guess they wanted to get done with their recruiting class."

Hull, an outside linebacker at Canon McMillan who also drew interest from Ohio State has already committed to Penn State, but Hagan said that wouldn't have an effect on his decision in terms of where he decides to attend school.

"It doesn't really matter to me that much. We love playing with each other, but it doesn't really matter," Hagan said.

Hagan has experience playing just about every position on the field, including his main position, safety, in addition to linebacker, wide receiver, running back, and quarterback. Hagan, however, is mostly being looked at as a defensive player.

The junior's speed is certainly a hot commodity, as Hagan said he "ran 10 4.3 (40-yard dashes) in a row, but it would probably be a 4.4 or a 4.5" on computer timing.

Ari Wasserman is a staff writer for BuckeyeGrove.com. He can be reached at AriWasserman@gmail.com.


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