Darian Hagan Talks about UCLA Game

One of UCLA's top defensive back targets, Darian Hagan of Los Angeles Crenshaw, attended the UCLA/Cal game and talks about the atmosphere in the stadium and in the locker room after the game. He also adds some info about his recruiting...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw defensive back Darian Hagan (6-0, 170) attended this past weekend's UCLA-Cal game, and in the process was able to see two of the top three schools on his list play against each other.

"It was very exciting," Hagan said. "I got a chance to see two schools that are recruiting me, two schools that I'm very interested in. I watched the guys who played my position from both teams. They did good. I know at either place I'd have to come in and compete. Right now, it's still the same top three, UCLA, Cal and Colorado."

It was the second UCLA game that Hagan has attended this year, also going to the Bruins' matchup with Oklahoma. He also plans to be at the Oregon State game on October 22nd.

Hagan said he really enjoyed the Rose Bowl atmosphere, in the stadium and in the locker room. Hagan said, "I was in the locker room after the game and talking with the players and the coaches. I talked to Coach Bieniemy afterwards. I also talked with Aleksey (Lanis), Reggie (Carter) and Chinonsu (Anyanwu)," who are all former teammates of Hagan at Crenshaw). "The atmosphere was a very hostile environment, very loud, and it was hard for the other team. UCLA rallied up when they had to. It seemed like Cal had them but then the crowd got into it."

Hagan could be a cornerback in college, though he prefers safety, while he said cornerback intrigues him. "I watched the safeties and the corners during the game. Corner is a new learning experience but it's more exciting than I thought," said Hagan.

Offers from UCLA and Cal join Oklahoma, Arizona, Oregon and Colorado, his father's alma mater.

"I'm still taking my time on deciding. I'm going to take my official visits though and decide after that," Hagan said.

He'll take his first visit on November 12th when he'll be in Berkeley when Cal plays USC. Then Thanksgiving weekend he'll be in Boulder when Colorado hosts Nebraska.

"I'm also going to take an official to UCLA but we haven't set the date up and then I'm going to Oregon," said Hagan. "I'll decide after my visits, and I hope to play in the Army (All-American) Game and I might announce it then."

Hagan has had a good start to his senior year, though Crenshaw has struggled. He has about 40 tackles and an interception, which he took back for a touchdown. He's also added a blocked punt for a touchdown and a forced fumble. "It was right at the end of the Colton game. I took a pass back at the end of the game for a touchdown. The UCLA coaches were at that one. That was a fun game," said Hagan.

This weekend, Crenshaw takes on Locke at home before a huge contest with rival Dorsey.

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