The offer list for Ashton is now at 15. “I have a lot of schools talking to me. I feel more offers will be coming to me very soon." Even though he has a strong offer list, Ashton is not ready to name any schools that are recruiting him harder than others and he’s not ready to name any leaders. “It’s way too early for me to start looking at schools in that manner. A lot can change in the next two years.”
Georgia Tech is the school that has received the most recent visits from Ashton. He was on campus for the Syracuse and North Carolina State games. “The Syracuse game was an intense contest and Coach (Josh) Pastner has those guys playing hard, well, and fast.” It was easy for Hagans to see that the team has taken to Coach Pastner. “I like his system and perhaps I could see myself playing in it. You never can tell with recruiting.”
Hagans has enjoyed watching the Tech staff and players come together to turn the team around. “Tech is only 30-35 minutes away from my home so I try to get down there as much as I can. It is fun and they have great facilities and now the fans are coming back to the program.”
Following the two visits to Tech, Ashton is not sure if he’ll be able to fit in any more visits this spring. “I may go to Auburn. That really hasn’t been set up for sure.”
Ashton and his teammates at Newton have begun their run at a state title. "We will make a strong run at the state title. We are doing very well.” Ashton is pointing for the elite eight to be held at Newton, the final four at West Georgia, and the finals at Georgia Tech.
The AAU season is right around the corner but right now winning the state championship is the priority for Hagans. This may lead to his missing some AAU time. “I’m sure the AAU coach would understand if I missed any time. I think it will work out where no time will be missed." While he might be tired from his high school season, Hagans is looking forward to the AAU season and a chance to play against some of the best players in the country.