Recruiting '06: Cougs offer another CB prospect

CORNERBACK IS ONE of Washington State's most pressing needs this recruiting campaign and one of the targets on the Cougar radar is Darian Hagan Jr. out of Los Angeles's Crenshaw High. If the name sounds familiar it's because his dad, Darian Sr., was an All-American quarterback at Colorado and now an assistant coach for the Buffs. The younger Darian -- California's top interceptor in 2004 --- holds a scholarship offer from the Cougs.

WSU recruiting coordinator Robin Pflugrad told a packed chat room on LOI Day the perfect 2005 class would have probably had one more corner, and the position would be "a major emphasis" for the class of 2006.

Thus the early offer to Hagan (6-1, 175), who is the third known cornerback prospect the Cougars have offered so far.

Hagan, who plays safety at Crenshaw, is getting so much attention he can't keep up with it all.

"I think I have 6 or 7 offers. I'm not completely sure on the number -- UCLA, Colorado, Cal, Oregon, Washington State and Oklahoma," he said.

Hagan Jr. is Crenshaw's early recruiting season jewel but coach Robert Garrett will have an embarrassment of riches this season -- there are nine potential Division I-A prospects on his team.

Garrett said Hagan Jr.'s drive is a match for his athletic gifts, with the ability to visualize and anticipate the play. As a junior, Hagan led all California high schoolers in INTs with 13. He had seven the year before.

"He's a complete football player, I can tell you that," said Garrett "He knows the game. He has a lot of vision and a lot of instincts. He's a hard worker and very determined."

IN ADDITION TO being California's No. 1 pick-off artist in 2004, Hagan blocked five punts, taking one of them to the house, and had three fumble recoveries to go along with his 40 tackles.

Besides Colorado, where pappy is an offensive assistant, Hagan is beginning to get to know the schools on his trail. The younger Hagan initially said he'd probably look elsewhere rather than follow in his father's footsteps but he's backed off that a bit, saying he's going to look at everyone and playing at the school dad coaches at would hold some advantages.

As far as the Cougs, Hagan Jr. said he doesn't know as much about WSU as he'd like, hoping to hear more from them now that he's received an offer.

"It is a pretty good school," Hagan Jr. said of Washington State. "I just haven't (yet) talked to a whole lot of people there."

That is likely to change over the course of the coming year as the calendar turns and coaches are less restricted on initiating contact with prospective student athletes -- especially for a prospect like Hagan Jr.

"He's electrifying," said Garrett. "He's a player."

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