"I think I'll make my decision before this season starts," Hagans said in a telephone interview last week. "Or after probably the first or second game. So it's going to be real early in the season so I won't have to think about it during the year."
"I'm waiting for them," he said.
But how long Hagans will wait is the question. The second game of Hagans' senior season at Franklin (Wis.) High School would put his decision in early September. The goal is to commit early so that the decision is not hanging over his head throughout the season. If his other favorites have not offered by September, however, Hagans may reconsider his plans. An early commitment would be ideal, but it is not a steadfast rule.
Hagans received several camp invites this spring and summer but he has chosen to work on his football skills with his Franklin teammates instead, through 7-on-7 competitions. Many schools prefer to see athletes compete in camps before offering a scholarship. Hagans, however, is on just about everyone's radar. Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Hagans is listed as the No. 38 overall player in the Midwest and No. 2 in Wisconsin. If he can show schools that his academics are in order, he will be inundated with offers.
Hagans is a two-sport athlete who runs sprints on Franklin's track team, taking part in the 100 and 200 dash and the 400 and 800 relay.
"I just like track because it's a sport that it's really you versus another person," Hagans said. "That brings out the competitor in me at least. That's always good."