After having taken in a junior day on their campus, the prospect from Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan had landed a couple of offers but not one he coveted from the Buckeyes. Placing a call to them, Hagan was then taken by surprise when they turned the tables.
The 6-0, 207-pound Hagan learned he had landed a scholarship offer from OSU.
"I called the Ohio State coaches to bust them up about other schools offering me and then they said they were offering me also," Hagan told BuckeyeSports.com. "It was pretty awesome. I was really excited because I've been waiting to get that offer for a long time. I was really excited."
Having already been to campus a number of times, Hagan said he had been waiting for an offer for the Buckeyes for some time. Without one, OSU was one of his top three schools. With one finally in hand, there was no doubt who his top school was.
"It's not the same top three, but Ohio State is my No. 1 and then Wisconsin and Michigan," he said. "It was always one of my favorite schools growing up. When they offered, it was like icing on the cake."
Scout lists Hagan as an unranked running back prospect, but his future position is far from certain. According to head coach Guy Montecalvo, a large part of Hagan's appeal is his ability to line up at a number of different spots on either side of the ball.
As a freshman, Hagan was a starting outside linebacker and also lined up as a slotback. Last season, he remained in the slot but also played wide receiver in addition to his duties as a safety.
"You can project him to be an outside linebacker, a free safety, possibly growing into an inside linebacker, a tailback and even a fullback," Montecalvo said. "He's so explosive and quick, yet he's got the size. He's 6-1½, 212 pounds and is probably going to be a 230-pound kid.
"Wisconsin, we know for sure is recruiting Chad Hagan as a tailback. Ohio State is recruiting Chad Hagan as a safety or outside linebacker."
In addition to proximity to home and an overall comfort level with the coaching staff in question, Hagan said position will play a role in his decision as well – a fact that seems to bode well for the Buckeyes.
"Safety is by far my most favorite position," he said. "When we play safety, it's like you're the quarterback of the defense. You're in the back and you see everything and you know everything that's going on. It's your job to make sure the defensive backs know what's going on. Basically, the safeties are the leaders of the defense. I really like it."
Montecalvo said interest in Hagan has grown in recent weeks after he reported a solid SAT score, removing any doubt about his college eligibility. The athlete himself said that his score has taken pressure off of his shoulders.
He is being recruited by OSU linebackers coach Luke Fickell.
"Coach Fickell, whom I've gotten to know over the last few years, has done an outstanding job," Montecalvo said. "He's a very personable man and a fine coach, as he was as a player. He's done a great job with him. I think Chad has an affinity for him. Chad likes Ohio State, there's no question about it. He's made a couple visits out there already. I think they'll be very high up on his list."
Hagan has been timed at 4.29 seconds in the 40-yard dash. On the field, he hopes to continue to put on weight and wind up weighing around 230 pounds without sacrificing his speed.
Off the field, he hopes to not let his recruitment drag out too much longer.
"I'm hoping to commit before the season starts," he said. "I'm going to be on a few visits and hope to commit before the season starts."