Hageman Likes the Gators

Ra'Shede Hageman is a three-star tight end prospect from Minneapolis (Minn.) Washburn High School. Despite the distance, Scout.com's No. 25 rated tight end likes the Gators.

Ra'Shede Hageman profile

Can you update me on your height, weight, 40-time and strength numbers?

"I am 6-6, 252-pounds and I run a 4.8 40."

Can you update your offer list?

"Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Ohio State, Nebraska, Illinois, Florida and Oklahoma."

Who is recruiting you the most right now?

"Minnesota has always been the team that has recruited me the most. They were the first to offer me and they have shown me how much they want me to stay home in Minnesota. But Wisconsin and Iowa have also recruited me hard for over a year now. The other schools came in later, but they are recruiting me hard, too, especially Ohio State."

Can you talk about any camps or combines that you have been to and/or any summer plans?

"I have never been to any camps or combines. But I will be visiting some schools this summer. I need to sit down with my parents and figure that out."

Can you talk about each of your favorites and what you like about each?

"I like Minnesota because I would get to play in front of my family. I like Wisconsin because it is a good school with a great college football environment and they really use their tight ends. I like Ohio State because it has a great football tradition. I like Florida because they are a nationally known powerhouse with a history of putting players in the NFL."

Can you talk about the Gators' offense and how you would fit in with the spread option where the tight end not only plays the tight end spot but the slot and halfback as well?

"I see myself as a tight end that can be physical and block and can also catch the ball. Being versatile like that can help in any offensive system. I have played in the slot, but never in the backfield so I don't know what they think about that."

Can you talk a little bit about coach John Hevesy and what your impressions are of him and the rest of the Gator coaching staff?

"Coach Hevesy is a no-nonsense guy. Some coaches will tell you only good things when they are recruiting you, but coach Hevesy isn't like that. He is a straight shooter and tells you about your weaknesses, too."

When you visit Florida (if you visit) what are you most looking forward to?

"All of it. Florida seems like a great place to go to school."

Will distance play any sort of factor in your decision and what kind of timeline do you have for your decision?

"Distance might play a role, because it would be great to play where my family could see me. But it's more important that the school be a good fit for me. I probably won't make a decision until sometime during my senior year."

Ra'Shede Hageman's parents...

Can you provide a little insight to the rest of the family?

"Ra'Shede was adopted out of foster care when he was seven, along with his brother, who is now 16. We also have three biological kids who are six, two and seven months. We are both lawyers who went to law school at the University of Minnesota."

What kind of leader is Ra'Shede on and off the field and can you talk about his work ethic?

"Ra'Shede lets his play do the talking. He has always been big, strong and athletic and in the last year has really started to train hard to try to maximize his natural ability."

Can you talk about his strengths and weaknesses as a player and as a person at such a young age?

"Ra'Shede's biggest strength is his physicality. He plays aggressively and is not afraid to hit people. He is also very tough and plays through injuries, sometimes to his detriment."

What kind of criteria are you using?

"We are more concerned with the people he would be around than the institutions. We want to know that Ra'Shede will continue to get all the support he needs as he pursues his education."

Can you talk about the overall recruiting experience?

"Ra'Shede was dealt a tough hand in his early life. Considering the fact that he was in 12 different foster homes before the age of sven, he has really come a long way and we are happy to see him have this success. We just want him to continue to focus on improving his academics and remembering what is truly important. It is sometimes hard to keep that focus during the recruiting process, with all of the attention it brings."

Will distance play a factor?

"I don't think so. We want a school that will be the best fit for Ra'Shede."

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