Hagan: Colorado in Doubt

Crenshaw's Darian Hagan, the #5-ranked cornerback in the nation, will visit UCLA this weekend officially, while there is some uncertainty about Colorado, one of the three school's he's been seriously considering...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw cornerback Darian Hagan (6-0, 170), one of the elite defensive backs in the West, will begin his official visits this weekend when he trips to nearby UCLA.

For Hagan, it's the first of at least three official trips he will take.

"I've been busy with my own season so now that it's done, I can start to take some trips," said Hagan.

The trip to UCLA is the only visit Hagan has set up, but he will be visiting California and Colorado for sure before making a decision.

"I haven't talked to Cal and Colorado about when I'm going. UCLA is the only place I have set up so far, but I am definitely going to visit Cal. Colorado, well, a lot of it depends on the coaching situation there," said Hagan.

His father, Darian Sr., has been the defensive backs coach for this season at Colorado, but with the recent firing of Head Coach Gary Barnett and subsequent hiring of Dan Hawkins, Hagan said whether his father remains on staff will directly affect Colorado's chances with him. "If my dad doesn't go back to Colorado, then I'm not going to go there. If he stays, then I am going to still be looking at them," said Hagan.

Hagan said he was also still looking at Oregon and USC, though neither have been in contact with him recently and he's not sure if he'll be able to take a trip to either one.

He has been selected to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl, and won't take any more trips following the UCLA visit, until January. "I won't make a decision until I've taken a couple of trips. Even if one trip is really good, I want to compare the schools," said Hagan.

Hagan helped Crenshaw complete a storybook season last weekend, leading the Cougars to the L.A. City Section title over Taft. Hagan caught the winning touchdown pass in the final minutes, and then sealed it with an interception to close out the win. "We worked hard all year to get to that point. It was great to be able to end my career with a championship," said Hagan.

Academically, Hagan said he was on track to fully qualify. "As important as recruiting is, school is more important to me right now because without it, I won't be able to get far. So I'm working really hard in school," Hagan said.


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