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Los Angeles defensive back Darian Hagan, Jr. (6-0, 175, 4.5) remains open-minded, but named, in this order, UCLA (already unofficially visited), Oklahoma, California (already unofficially visited), Arizona and Oregon as his favorites.

"It's hard to pick a top one or two," said the Crenshaw High School phenom. "I don't really know. I've never had a favorite and I've never come close to committing anywhere. Anyone who's offered me is a favorite and they've all offered me."

Darian's father, Darian, Sr., was a superstar option quarterback for Colorado. So, where are the Buffaloes? "It's my decision, and I won't go to a school just because my dad went there. He coaches the wide receivers for Colorado and I know he really wants me to come. He's my recruiter. I'd probably not be thinking about Colorado if my dad didn't coach there. But I could compete early there and I'd have family near there.

"UCLA is like home. They're a good, up-and-coming team and the coaching staff is great. I like the atmosphere there. I've already been there two or three times and I went to the Oklahoma game. It was exciting. They've been one of my top schools since I started getting recruited last May.

"Oklahoma has always been a great program," he said. "I like coach (Bob) Stoops. He has a good brain and I think their team will come around.

"I like the atmosphere at Cal and coach (Jeff) Tedford too. He's another coach with a real good brain.

"Arizona is an older team and I could probably go there and play early too. Some of their players will be leaving. That would be good for me," Hagan said.

"Oregon is also an up-and-coming team. Terrence Whitehead (also attended Crenshaw High School) is my buddy and he tells me it would be good to come up there and get away from the big city. But he's a senior and is going to be leaving after this season.

"I also like Miami, Michigan and USC," he said. "USC has started to recruit me harder lately, but they still haven't offered. Their coaches just tell me that they have to be real thorough in their evaluation process. They only want the best of the best. They need to see more film of me and how I do as a senior, I guess. I'd look at them harder if they offered me.

"Schools are recruiting me to play both safety and corner. Cal, UCLA and Arizona are programs that want me for safety. The others want me for corner.

"They are all calling me this month. I haven't set any official visits yet. I just haven't gotten around to it. I'll decide where I'm going to go to after my season. But I'm not really sure where I'll be officially visiting.

"I'm probably most comfortable playing in the middle because that's where I'm playing now. But corner is still fun for me and an exciting position. Decision-making and getting to the ball are my strengths. I need to get stronger overall though."

Crenshaw's record is 1-1. Hagan said he has 10 tackles, one fumble caused and one blocked punt for a score. Crenshaw's next game is Friday (9/23) at home against Colton.


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