Gamecocks Offer Peach State DT
The 6'4, 263 pound Hagans, who racked up 56 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 3 sacks as a junior last season, now has two major offers to his credit, and he shared his early thoughts on the recruiting process.
"It's going pretty good. I've been talking to a few colleges. I've got an offer from Auburn, and just the other day I got an offer from South Carolina. Georgia Tech and UGA have also been showing pretty strong interest." said Hagans. "Auburn was my number one choice, but I'm basically just going to visit all of them to see which school I like best, because I don't really know yet."
Hagans attended South Carolina's junior day earlier this month and came away impressed with what the Gamecocks have to offer.
"I went to the junior day for South Carolina. It was a real nice campus. They had a very big weight room. I was really impressed with that, and they had nice facilities. When I visited them, I learned a lot about them, and I liked what I heard. They support their players educationally. They have strong tutors and stuff."
The Peach State prospect, who plans to visit Auburn for the first time next Tuesday, commented on the Tigers' program.
"I'm not that familiar with Auburn, because I haven't really been over there yet, but I was really impressed with their team when I watched them on TV and stuff. They were one of the schools I was interested to learn more about. I guess I'll learn more about them when I go to visit there."
Hagans said he is looking for a few key factors when deciding on the school of his choice.
"Basically, a good education program. I'm looking for a program that supports their players and has tutors and stuff. Then basically a place where I can come in and play and where I won't have to wait as long to see the field."
The standout defensive tackle, who hopes to visit Columbia again in the next couple of weeks, said he may have a decision by the summer.
"I figure I'll probably have my decision by the beginning of the summer."
Hagans, who is being recruited by Coach Ron Cooper for the Gamecocks, shared what strengths he brings to the football field.
"I'd describe myself as powerful, smart and explosive."
Hagans closed by sharing what goals he has set for his senior season.
"We're planning on going to the Georgia Dome for the playoffs. That's one of the big things we're planning on doing. Personally, I just want to beat what I did last season."
Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com for all the latest on this Peach State standout.
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