The latest on Darian Hagan Jr.

On Colorado message boards there has been no more talked about recruit than Darian Hagan Jr. from Crenshaw HS in Los Angeles. Buffalo Sports News saw it fit to catch up with Hagan Jr. now that the contact period has began to see which schools called to show love. Jr. gets a huge test Friday night in the season opener when he faces the fastest wide receiver on the west coast, Jamere Holland, from Woodland Hills Taft HS.

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

"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."

Has his father placed a call? "I haven't heard from him, yet, but we talked about two weeks ago. When we talk, we only talk about recruiting from time-to-time. Usually we just spend the conversations catching up on other stuff."

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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