Darian Hagan Jr.

<b>Darian Hagan Jr.</b> looks to be one of the top safety prospects in the nation next recruiting cycle. The Crenshaw star led the state of California in interceptions as a junior with 13. He also blocked five punts. Hagan Jr. is already receiving mail and should be very heavily recruited. He fills us in on his early top schools list.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 175
40 time: 4.5
Bench: 175
From: Los Angeles, California
High School: Crenshaw

Darian Hagan Jr. recorded 13 interceptions, 40 tackles, five blocked punts (one he returned for a TD), and three fumble recoveries as a junior. As a sophomore, he was named second team all-city after totalling seven interceptions. He started on both sides of the ball last year, but this year only focused on playing safety where he established himself as one of the finest in the nation.

"I have good eyesight and I cover a lot of ground in a hurry," said Hagan Jr. "I react quickly to the ball and I am a sure tackler."

He also describes himself as "speedy", and is not sure what his 40 time is, but has ran a 10.8 100 meter.

In speaking with many of his current teammates, Scout.com gets a hint of just what kind of a player Hagan Jr. is. "He is amazing," said UCLA commit Aleksey Lanis. "The things he does on the field are just unbelievable."

Another UCLA commit, and current teammate agrees. "Hagan really came around this year," said Reggie Carter. "He progressed so much from last year and it is not like he was bad then. He was a great player as a sophomore, but this year he turned into something special. I think he was the best safety in California this year and I bet he will be one of the top players in the nation next year."

Jr. will miss all of his teammates moving on to the next level. "It has been awesome playing with so many great players. Those guys all made me better and I am really going to miss them."

He is already thinking of a few schools he would like to attend. "I'd say my early top five are Cal, UCLA, USC, Washington State, and Oregon. Cal would be my favorite. I have grown up liking them and it is a good program. I would like to try to help them win a national championship. They are not too far from home, but still away from here."

Of UCLA he says, "UCLA is a great program athletically and academically."

Of USC he says, "I like the Pac Ten and they are the best team right now. They are not too far from home."

Hagan Jr. also has a little interest in Colorado, but knows if he came to CU there would be big shoes to fill. His father is arguably the greatest player in the program's history and led CU to the national title in 1990. "I have thought about attending there and I am interested in Colorado, but I am not sure I want to follow in the father-son footsteps thing. I might want to make my own name. But, I do like them and will consider them."

The only schools sending him mail at this point are 'SC and UCLA.

He carries a 2.9 core GPA and took his SAT three weeks ago.


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