Hagan Jr. is Needed at Arizona

Arizona is scouring the high school ranks for safeties and players like Darian Hagan Jr., from Crenshaw HS in Los Angeles, are exactly the type of recruits the Wildcats need. He led the nation in interceptions last fall and the added benefit he brings is that he can play safety or corner. U of A is one of the schools he is considering. The four star athlete speaks on the Wildcats.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
40 time: 4.53
From: Los Angeles, California
High School: Crenshaw

"I really like the fact that they have some seniors at their safety positions," said Darian Hagan Jr. "The coaches tell me I could go play right away. I have not heard from them on the phone yet this month, but they send me letters all the time."

Hagan Jr. has a huge game tomorrow night where he will take on a fellow UA recruit as Crenshaw faces off against Woodland Hills Taft. Jamere Holland plays for Taft and is considered the fastest wide receiver on the west coast, maybe the nation.

"A lot of people have been talking about this match-up between Jamere and I," said Darian Hagan Jr. "Everyone says there is no defensive back that can hang with him - we'll see. I am really looking forward to the competition."

In Jr.'s defense, he was the only defensive back Scout.com saw at out L.A. combine this summer that could hang with Holland. So we expect this meeting in pads to be interesting.

It is unknown how many times the two will actually square-off face-to-face because Jr. is usually playing free safety for his team. "This year I will also play receiver, kick returner and punt returner. My goal is to get 10 touchdowns on offense and 10 interceptions on defense."

He led the nation last year with 13 interceptions.

Most schools are still recruiting Hagan Jr. as a corner. "Some have said they like me at safety and that is where I want to play."

Since September began, UCLA, Cal and Oregon State are the only schools that have called his home. "Coach Dorrell from UCLA was the first coach to call me. UCLA is recruiting me the hardest."

Hagan Jr. is still not ready to name favorites. We asked if it was okay to keep his favorites list where it's at and he was fine with it. That would mean the main schools he is still looking at are Arizona, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, and Washington State.

The athlete says that he will be visiting UCLA for their game against Cal on October 8th. He has not scheduled any official visits yet, but that will be handled very soon.

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