Decision Looming For Hagan

With the start of his senior season approaching, Pennsylvania athlete Chad Hagan is looking to put an end to the recruiting process. First up, a planned visit to his top school within the next week. Find out who that is and what his plans are in this update.

The end of the recruiting trail is in sight for Chad Hagan.

Ranked by as the No. 31 prospect in Pennsylvania, the multi-talented Hagan is taking at least one more trip with plans on making a final decision before his senior year begins. The 6-0, 207-pound Hagan will be checking out Ohio State, his top school, sometime during the next week.

"I just want to go up and see the campus and see the coaches one more time and go from there," Hagan told "I've been there three or four times."

The senior at Canonsburg Canon-McMillan has been listing the Buckeyes as his top school since before the summer began. The past month has been quiet on the recruiting front, he said, and that has not changed his pecking order that has Wisconsin and Michigan trailing OSU for his services.

"I've been working on getting healthy and worrying about my senior season so basically recruiting has been down," he said. "A lot of coaches can't make calls, so it's really down. I haven't called too many coaches, but I kept in touch with the Ohio State coaches a lot."

Although he will make the 2½ hour drive to Columbus, Hagan said he is not sure if he will be making similar trips to check out the Badgers or the Wolverines. He will be accompanied on his trip to OSU by his high school head coach.

"I'm not quite sure," Hagan said when asked if he will take any other visits. "I haven't really kept in touch with either of the coaching staffs. I don't know if I'm going to plan on getting up there or not. I'm pretty sure I'm going to make a decision within the next few weeks."

Hagan lines up at safety, running back, wide receiver and kick returner in high school. The Buckeyes have targeted him as a safety, while Wisconsin views him as a running back.

The Big Macs will start practicing August 17 th, and until then Hagan said they have been doing speed training, weightlifting and 7-on-7 drills to help prepare for the season. He admitted to being antsy about wanting to get on the field and hit somebody.

"Today I asked my coach, ‘When are we getting our helmets?' " he said. "We still haven't gotten our helmets yet. I'm just ready to strap them on and hit somebody."

Although he has been timed at 4.29 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Hagan is an unranked prospect in Scout's database and in-state powers Penn State and Pittsburgh have not extended him scholarship offers. One reason could be that Hagan played the majority of his junior season with a stress fracture in his left tibia.

The injury was diagnosed during basketball season, and Hagan underwent surgery April 15th. That was followed by nearly three months of rest and recovery, and it was not until at July 2nd doctor's appointment that he was at last given a clean bill of health.

"It was just awesome," he said of the good news. "At first there was some speculation about whether I'd be able to play or not without my leg breaking or something like that. They gave me clearance and now I'm relieved and ready to go."

Hagan said he has been able to run on the injured leg. Now the next test is to see how it holds up to game action, but Hagan said he is not concerned.

"I've been able to run on it, so I don't think it's anything I have to get past (mentally)" he said. "It's just going to be about how I feel when I get hit and things like that and I'm not too much worried about that. I've had other injuries so I'm not too worried about it."

Nor is he worried about the pressures of picking a school, either. Hagan said he will use a few final criteria to make a decision.

"I'm looking at the education, if I can get a good degree there so I can get out in the business world. Then I look for the football tradition, and Ohio State's football tradition is great and then I'll look for how early do I think I could play.

"If I can get up there and work hard and get a chance to play, I don't think I'll lose it."

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