Hagans, a 6-foot-4 265-pound jumbo athlete from Duluth (Ga.) Northview, regularly communicates with Thigpen, his primary recruiter.
"He text messages me sometimes and sometimes I call him," said Hagans. "I call him almost once a week. I've been talking to him a lot and I really like him a lot."
Not too long ago, Thigpen verbally offered Hagans a scholarship.
"He was just saying that they watched my tape and they really liked me a lot," said Hagans. "They really need a guy to come in there and play right away. They think that I'm that guy, so they want to offer me."
Hagans hasn't been informed of the status of a possible official paper scholarship offer.
Auburn, Boston College, Indiana, LSU, Mississippi State, and South Carolina have all also offered Hagans.
North Carolina is the only school that is recruiting Hagans as a defensive end. Every other school likes him as a defensive tackle.
"[Thigpen] basically told me that I'm the type of player that can play both and he liked that about me," said Hagans. "I'm quick and I'm strong at the same time. He said that's what they want for [an end]."
For Duluth (Ga.) Northview, Hagans plays both end and tackle. As a junior, he collected 56 tackles including seven for a loss and three sacks, earning him a spot on the All-County Team.
Hagans said he doesn't have a preference between the two positions.
With his focus on spring football, Hagans isn't claiming any favorites.
"Everybody's equal right now," said Hagans. "I'm open; I'm just looking around, right now."
Hagans hopes to narrow his list of options to five schools by the end of the summer. He will be using unofficial visits to help eliminate schools.
"Really, I'm looking for a school with a good academic program; and a school that I feel at home at," said Hagans.
Auburn is the only school Hagans has unofficially visited this spring. After his spring practice concludes, Hagans said he will begin to map out a traveling schedule that will include one-day summer camps.