Ra'shede Hageman Talks Top Three Schools

Ra'Shede Hageman, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound junior tight end/defensive end from Minneapolis (MN) Washburn, is one of the state's top two-sport athletes in the Class of 2009. He has earned several top scholarship offers, but is down to just three schools. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Hagemen after Saturday's Gopher game to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Ra'Shede Hageman was named to the KARE 11 preseason all-Metro team and scored on a 51-yard touchdown pass as the Miller rolled to a 53-6 win in their season opener. They scored all 53 points in the first half.

Hageman caught 19 passes for 547 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior for the Millers, who finished 9-3. He was named Channel 5 Prep Athlete of the Week after scoring two touchdowns and making a game-saving tackle of a two-point conversion in the Millers' 42-41 section title victory over St. Thomas.

Hageman caught 24 passes for 506 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore. His best game of his sophomore season was in a 42-13 win over St. Paul Johnson in the Twin Cities championship game. He caught three passes for 145 yards and one score.

Hageman said that he is in the process of setting up his official visits.

"I talked to some coaches. I just got done talking to D (Derrick) Lewis about setting up an official visit. I talked to the Ohio State coaches about taking an official visit. I'm not sure when. I'm taking a visit to Wisconsin when they play Ohio State."

Hageman said that he has narrowed his list of schools.

"I've pretty much cut my list down to three. I did have Florida in there, but I wanted to stay in the Big Ten. I've got Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio State. I'm definitely aiming for the Big Ten now."

Hageman said that he does not have a clear-cut favorite. In fact, he has plenty to like about all three schools.

"I have my favorites for all different reasons. Not just sports-wise, but for their academic programs, their tutoring programs and facilities-wise."

Hageman has positives to say about the three schools.

"Ohio State, I like their facilities and they have a big powerhouse program. Their tutoring program and academic program, that is the reason I like Ohio State," he said.

"Wisconsin is a powerhouse, too, but they also utilize the tight end more than any Big Ten team.

"I am Minnesota born and raised. That is why Minnesota sort of gets a head start. I have been in contact with all the coaches. I've got a good good connection with Tim Brew (Brewster) and D Lewis. They are kind of ahead of everyone because of that. I'm from here, so I get the most love from them."

Hageman said that he liked what he saw from the Minnesota offense and how they used their tight ends, Jack Simmons and Nick Tow-Arnett. The two combined for seven receptions for 143 yards and one touchdown.

"I definitely did my homework and analyzed the tight end today. The tight end definitely was involved a lot and got a touchdown," he said. "I'm pretty happy with what I saw. It helped me make my decision in the future."

Hageman felt that he could see himself as a future Gopher.

"I definitely could see myself playing with Tim Brewster and this team," he said. "He does utilize the tight end a lot and coach D Lewis does let the tight end play, and that it was what I like about him too. He likes to use tight ends a lot."

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