Hagerup awaits first scholarship offer

The Wisconsin Badgers do not expect to sign a recruiting class large in numbers in 2007. Even with limited scholarships, a priority has been set in finding a punter in this class. Wisconsin athlete Chris Hagerup may very well be the name to know. He is also receiving D1 looks as a quarterback prospect, so you have to like his versatility. Josh Clark offers this special report to BadgerNation.

Chris Hagerup, pronounced [Hog-er-up], has yet to receive his first scholarship offer, but given his versatility it would seem it is only a matter of time before the papers are mailed to him.

Bret Bielema and the Wisconsin Badgers remain a strong possibility as the suitor to come through with a scholarship offer.

The only question that remains is whether the Badgers will do so with quarterback or punter in mind.

"Last spring, it seemed Wisconsin didn't even know about me as a quarterback," Hagerup told BadgerNation.com.

"When I took visits there, it was like, "Chris Hagerup the punter/kicker" and nothing else. When I attended their spring practice, Coach (Mike) Hankwitz told me they were definitely going to sign a punter in this recruiting class, and they had a real high interest in me. Coach (Bob) Bostad came by the school in May, and also called me, to continue to let me know they had an interest."

Wisconsin was not the only school to view Hagerup as a punter worth offering a scholarship. While the Badgers host Northwestern this weekend, the Wildcat coaching staff has informed Hagerup they will be attempting to make it up to his game to watch him punt in person. Indiana is also recruiting Hagerup as a punter.

Two schools looking at Hagerup as a quarterback are Illinois and Western Michigan. Wisconsin has not ruled out that possibility, either.

"I knew I wanted the chance to play quarterback in college, if given the opportunity, so when I went to Wisconsin's camp to show them what I could do," added Hagerup, who went a tour in attending nine different college camps this past summer, including the schools mentioned above.

"At the end of camp, Coach (Paul) Chryst told me I really took him by surprise. Both Coach Bostad and he told me they felt I had the strongest arm of the quarterbacks on hand that day. Coach Chryst liked how I could throw it over the top, and how I threw the deep routes with ease. They also liked me at height at the position."

According to Hagerup, he stands naerly six-foot-five while weighing in at 205-pounds.

As a quarterback, Hagerup has not had the results he hoped for this season. That likely is contigent on the fact he weighs more than any of his offensive lineman.

With the offense sputtering, though, that has led to more punt attempts. Hagerup informed that he is averaging between 40 to 45 yards on his punts, and his longest punt stands at 76-yards, with a net of 62-yards.

Hagerup showed his ability at quarterback, and overall athleticism, at the Scout.com All-American Combine held at the University of Iowa this past spring. CLICK HERE to view those results.

I went further in-depth with Hagerup regarding his recruitment, and to read more detailed, insightful quotes, CLICK HERE.

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