Will Hagerup committed to Michigan with a highly touted offer list and a definite pedigree about his game. He will soon take over one of Michigan's most beloved Wolverine's, even if just a cult following, current New England Patriots starting punter Zoltan Mesko.
"It's really pretty cool to follow in someone's steps who
has done so many great things this year," Hagerup told
"Every time I train and prepare, I think about what he's done. If I could even
get close to what he's done,
it would be an honor, but I'm just trying to do my personal best and try to
compete every day and get better. He's
been a great mentor for me and has taught me a lot of things and given me some
stuff. He's a great guy and a great
Mesko also certainly did his part in helping the Wolverines
secure Hagerup, hosting him on his official visit and becoming a mentor to
"He took me out on my official visit and just seeing a guy
who has been here for four or five years, just seeing that he got a great
degree here and he's just a great guy.
It was a pretty good model to take after. He was someone who showed me around
and he was a pretty big deal for me coming here."
Rich Rodriguez has certainly not shied away from speaking on
how talented Hagerup is, pointing out special mention in his media day press
conference. Hagerup counters with words
of hard work and competition.
"I'm really competitive with myself. Back home, I'd go out by myself on my high
school field and try to get every ball as perfect as possible. When the game
comes, you can't practice
anymore and it has to be perfect. I'd
say I'm pretty hard on myself, but it's something that drives me and the more I
think about every punt the better I can get."
Game time will certainly be coming soon, as September 4th
fast approaches, and Hagerup is starting to feel all of the butterflies
associated with playing major college football.
"If you're not nervous about potentially playing in front of
110,000 people then there is something pretty wrong with you. I'm really
excited, I'm anxious, I'm nervous,
I'm everything. If I can start this year,
it will be a really, really big opportunity.
So I'm nervous, I was nervous being out there yesterday. Hopefully each game I
get a little less
nervous and a little more comfortable with everything."
As media day wrapped up, the players were escorted onto
three giant Michigan
busses preparing to take them to the Big House, where they would meet and greet
a legion of Maize and Blue faithful, something which isn't lost on Hagerup or
any of the Wolverines.
"I drove by there at 9:30 in the morning and there were
people already lined up. I've never seen
anything like that before. Just to know
that the fans are that dedicated and believe in us that much, that's a really,
really big deal to us. When we come out
here and practice, they're definitely in the back of our heads and we just go
harder on every rep we're doing for them because they're going to be out
there. We're just going to try to give
them a good show."
Hagerup Ready To Follow His Mentor
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