Hageman Wants To Hear More From ND

Before the Michael Floyd factor effects the Notre Dame offense, it has already been a positive for the Irish in recruiting. All the big-name recruits in Minnesota have noticed the state's top player in last year's class has signed with the Irish, so they in turn are also interested in the small Catholic school located in South Bend, Ind.

Ra'shede Hageman joins Bryce McNeal, Fritz Rock and a few others from the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" that have Notre Dame on their radars.

The Irish are likewise interested in the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Hageman, who attends Washburn Senior High, but has camped at Cretin-Derham Hall and seen Floyd play on numerous occasions.

Notre Dame assistant coach Rob Ianello stopped by Hageman's school during the football season, and the Irish invited the tight end/defensive end to their February junior day. Hageman was unable to attend.

"(Coach Ianello) just shook my hand and told me they're looking at me and gave me his card that has his email address on it and to stay in contact with him. My coach and him keep in touch.

"Most definitely, I'm interested. That's a good school to go to. Very traditional with football, and recently Michael Floyd is going to go there so it's going to be a good team."

Hageman is no slouch on the field himself, already garnering offers from Iowa and Minnesota. He has interest coming from Wisconsin, Boston College, Oregon, North Carolina, Florida, and Oklahoma as well.

This past season, Hageman helped Washburn to a 9-3 record and a city championship with 25 receptions for 663 yards and 12 touchdowns. A two-way player, Iowa likes Hageman as a defensive end.

"Not really, but I'm sort of leaning towards tight end," Hageman said when asked if he has a position preference.

"Colleges like my energy and they like my height. It's rare to find a 6-6 tight end. They like my explosion and how I'm aggressive and how I go for the ball.

"On defense I attack the quarterback. I go for the quarterback every time and I love tackling more than anything. I like to release my energy and get my anger out."

Hageman and Washburn begin the state basketball tournament this week. The power forward is also receiving interest on the hardwood from Drake, Missouri and Washington State, but has yet to receive his first offer.

Hageman has seen the campuses at Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

"This summer I'll go on more visits depending on the schools I'm interested in.

"I'm looking for pretty much a big campus, a team that really knows how to use their tight ends well. And a good program."

Hageman has a 2.6 GPA.

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