Hageman Enjoyed OSU Trip

Ohio State's recruiting class of 2009 is nearly full, but the Buckeyes still have their eyes on a couple of prospects. One of those is Ra'Shede Hageman, a three-star tight end who tripped to Columbus for an official visit last weekend.

One tight end is in the barn for the Ohio State football team, but they wouldn't be against adding another to the class of 2009 should Ra'Shede Hageman want to jump on board.

The 6-6, 255-pound Minnesotan visited Columbus for the Buckeyes' game Oct. 11 with Purdue and left impressed, according to his father Eric.

"He thought it was great," Eric Hageman said. "What's not to like? It's one of the best college football environments around. I know he was very excited about being there and he had a great experience."

Hageman, who came on his own, was one of two prospects making an official visit over the weekend, joining five-star wideout Marlon Brown of Memphis, Tenn. Though the game against the Boilermakers was rather lackluster, both Hageman and Brown were able to spend time with true freshman starting quarterback Terrelle Pyror.

Hageman, a three-star prospect and the No. 13 tight end in the nation, came away impressed.

"His host was Terrelle Pryor, and I know that they were hoping that they could build some chemistry, and I think he enjoyed that and enjoyed spending time with him and a lot of other Buckeye players as well," Eric said.

The Minneapolis Washburn star tripped to Columbus before the game and left the day after. His father said there was a lot to like, starting with head coach Jim Tressel and running backs coach Dick Tressel, who coached for 23 years at Hamline University in Minnesota.

"He likes the coaches a lot," Eric said. "He's very impressed with Coach Tressel and the coach that's recruiting him, Dick Tressel. He thinks that he would have a great experience playing here and for those coaches.

"The facilities obviously are top notch. He's very impressed by that, and he likes the city a lot. I think that Columbus is a good place for in particular African-American students. He mentioned that as well."

Ra'Shede and his father previously had tripped to Columbus in June to check out the Ohio State campus.

His father said he does not believe Ra'Shede, who went to Wisconsin the week before to see the Badgers take on OSU, will take a visit to Florida later this year, but he is expected to trip to Minnesota for the Nov. 8 game against Michigan before making his choice in November or December. The Golden Gophers' success – the team is 6-1 after going 1-11 last year – is a plus for the home-state school, his father said.

"Before, it was kind of a lot of promises and you have to kind of buy into the future, but now there's something to back it up," Eric Hageman said. "It's a change, definitely."

Ra'Shede Hageman has 10 touchdown catches this year.

Ohio State already has a commitment for the class from tight end Reid Fragel from Grosse Point (Mich.) South, the No. 21 tight end in the country and three-star recruit.

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