'Zona WR and Beaver target bides his time

ON THE FIELD, Eric Hagg out of Glendale, Ariz., has been surging of late. The Ironwood High wide receiver/defensive back's recruitment hasn't really shifted into overdrive, though. That might be ready to chance shortly. Oregon State is one of the three offers for the 6-3, 195-pound Phoenix-area playmaker.

Most players with multiple offers have started to narrow things down at this point in the recruiting year. Hagg, however, hasn't been on any official visits and he doesn't have any scheduled. Why?

The rules state before a prospect can take an official visit, he needs to have taken the SAT or ACT test. Hagg (6-3, 195, 4.48) said he'll take the SAT for the first time Nov. 4.

Hagg's three offers are from Oregon State, UNLV and Nevada, but he said the schools recruiting the hardest right now are Boise State and Fresno State.

"I just need to send them film," said Hagg of BSU and FSU. That's the only thing they said they're waiting on."

Oregon, ASU, Arizona and Nebraska have all shown interest, with the Ducks and Cornhuskers the most in contact out of that group.

PHONE CALLS from all the schools have been coming in this recruiting season, but Hagg said he really isn't all that familiar with any of the schools, save for the one closest to home, Arizona State.

ASU was his early leader but Hagg said interest from ASU has been light, and Oregon State, Oregon and Arizona are high on his list with relative newcomers Boise State and Fresno State also firmly in the mix.

"I don't really know that much about them but I think it would be cool to go to Boise, I think it would be cool to go to any of the schools that are recruiting me," said Hagg. "Oregon State is good too, but I don't really know a lot about them either. The only school I really know much about is ASU."

Distance from the Phoenix area will play a decided factor, with Hagg saying he would prefer not to venture beyond the West Coast. Most see Hagg as a receiver, also his preference, but schools have also talked to him about lining up on defense.

ON THE GRIDIRON last week, Hagg racked up a team-high 10 tackles, giving him 36 through seven games. He's been lighting it up on offense as well, and particularly of late. Weeks 5-6 saw Hagg with 165 and 176 receiving yards, respectively.

Full stats for Hagg on offense for last week were unavailable but he came in averaging nearly 20-yards a catch. he has six receiving touchdowns in seven games.

As a junior, Hagg was equally productive on both sides of the ball. On offense, he had 37 catches for 877 yards and 12 TDs, and was named first team all-region. Second-team all-region on defense, Hagg logged 44 tackles and intercepted seven passes.

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