Star DB Picks the Bears

Crenshaw defensive back Darian Hagan, Jr. replayed a scene still lingering in Cal fans' minds from last season involving Cal wide receiver DeSean Jackson as he put on a Cal Bears hat tonight on Fox Sports West's high school recruiting special and declared that he "chose the University of California."

The talented 5-11/185 4 star defensive back from LA starred for the 11-3 Los Angeles City Section CIF champion Crenshaw. After Hagan led the state with an amazing 13 interceptions and 6 blocked punts, including one returned for a td last year for the Cougars, he followed up with an impressive final season at Crenshaw even though teams largely stayed away from him after his incredible junior season. In the CIF Championship win over Taft, Hagan again came up big with a long 85 yard touchdown reception along with an acrobatic game-clinching interception late in the 4th quarter to seal the victory for Crenshaw over previously undefeated Taft, avenging a close 35-34 loss to the Woodland Hills squad in the season opener.

Hagan's decision ended months of speculation regarding the school of choice for the highly sought-after db. Rated the nation's 5th best defensive back and 78th best prospect overall by Scout.com, Hagan brings a star power and athleticism the Bears were coveting for their defensive backfield.

"Oh man, I've been waiting so long to get this over with," exclaimed Hagan. Cal is a great school academically and they have a great team. I've got a few guys up there now and I have a friend (RJ Garrett) and he'll be there next year.

"It was hard to boil it down (mainly between Cal and UCLA), but when it came down to it, the school I chose is the University of California," announced Hagan.

For most of the recruiting season, Cal, UCLA and Colorado (where Hagan's father, Darian Sr. coached) were at the forefront of competition for Hagan. When the Bear Insider spoke with Hagan earlier this season, Hagan noted in confidence that the Bears led for his services.

"I've always been a Cal fan since I was a little kid," said Hagan. "I don't even know why I started liking them in the beginning, but I've always been a fan. I really like everything Coach Tedford's been doing at Cal. They're really building a great program up there."

Another big Cal commit, McClymonds defensive tackle Derrick Hill commented on Hagan earlier to the Bear Insider.

"I talked to Darian at the CaliFlorida game," said Hill. "We've gotten to know each other some and we played against each other earlier this season (in McClymonds' big 14-8 win in October in Oakland). He's real good.

"We were talking about where we were going to school and I let them know I'd be going to Cal and he and his mom got a big smile and said that's where Darian would be going, too."

Hagan became Cal's 20th and likely final commit of the season for the Bears, rounding out what will likely be another Top 20 class for Jeff Tedford and Cal.

Hagan played mainly at free safety in high school, but will receive a strong look at cornerback at Cal, where he'll be able to maximize his excellent coverage skills for the Bears.


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