Hagan Has UCLA Connections

One of UCLA's big defensive back targets is Darian Hagan Jr., from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw. Hagan recently took an unofficial visit to UCLA's campus, and told us how the Bruins are doing in his recruitment, and the many Bruin connections he has...

UCLA is hoping its connections to Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw defensive back Darian Hagan Jr. (5-11, 170) pays dividends in the near future.

Hagan, the fourth-rated cornerback nationally by Scout.com, has one of his six scholarship offers from UCLA, and took an unofficial to Westwood recently.

"It went pretty good. Coach (Eric) Bieniemy is a great coach. He has a good impact on his players and gets them to compete at a higher level. Coach (Karl) Dorrell is a good man. He has some great things upcoming at UCLA. It'd be cool to play for them," said Hagan. "I didn't really get to talk with any of the players, but I spent a lot of time with the coaches."

Hagan also has offers from Oklahoma, California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington State and Colorado, where his father led the Buffs to the 1990 National Championship and is a member of the CU coaching staff.

"There is a lot of pressure to go to Colorado. He's my dad and everything he did for Colorado is kind of important to people. But at the same time, it's not really any pressure as a player. People expect me to do as well as he did, but we're different kinds of players," said Hagan.

Hagan said he was pretty wide open at this time and didn't want to begin to narrow down his choices, but Colorado, Cal and UCLA are "up there," he said.

The connections that Hagan has to UCLA start with Bieniemy, who took many a handoff from the elder Hagan during their Colorado careers. Bieniemy is the primary recruiter for Hagan. But the connections don't stop there.

Three of Hagan's Crenshaw teammates will begin their UCLA careers this fall, offensive lineman Aleksey Lanis, linebacker Reggie Carter and defensive end Chinonso Anyanwu.

"That is a major factor with those guys being there and Coach Bieniemy, too. (Crenshaw receiver) Tyquan Knox wants to attend UCLA really bad. All of us talk about us going to school there and taking it over. Maybe R.J. (Garrett), with a little talking to, could end up there, but I think he's pretty solid with Cal," said Hagan.

Hagan attended a camp at Cal earlier this summer, and also was at the Nike Camp in Los Angeles and the Scout.com Combine this spring, saying his performance at the Scout.com Combine went much better than the Nike Camp.

"I didn't do as well as I would have liked to at the Nike Camp, but I did well at the Scout combine," said Hagan, who ran a 4.5 forty and jumped 31 inches.

A safety for Crenshaw, Hagan is projected by most to be a cornerback in college, but he is firm in his desire to play safety at the next level. "I know schools want me as a cornerback, but I'm a free safety and want to play that in college," Hagan said.

Hagan said he wasn't going to rush his decision. "I'm going to wait it out and see at the end of the season. I want to wait to see how school goes and the season. I may make decision after the year, or if I'm selected to play in the Army Game, I may decide there," said Hagan.

During his junior season, Hagan had a state-best 13 interceptions as well as 70 tackles and 6 blocked punts.


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