One of the most versatile players on the California squad in this year's CaliFlorida Bowl is Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw's Darian Hagan. Hagan has played three different positions in the first two days of practices and also told us he's down to two schools on the college front.
Hagan, 5-11, 180 pounds worked out with both the cornerbacks and safeties on Monday and took reps at receiver today.
"He's having a great week so far," Cali DB coach Martin French said. "They needed him at wide receiver because they're a little short there but he's going to play both ways because we need him on defense too. He's so smart and covers a lot of ground, I like him a lot."
Hagan was a huge reason the Cougars made it all the way to the L.A city section championship game where they shocked a very talented Taft, Woodland Hills team in the final. Hagan caught the game winning touchdown, an 85 yard bomb and then picked off a Taft pass in the end zone with less than a minute to go to preserve the win.
On the recruiting front, Hagan took his first and only official visit thus far to UCLA two weeks ago and will take one more visit before making his decision.
"UCLA was real cool, I liked it a lot there," Hagan said. "They have a lot of good people there and I'm close with a lot of the players. We had three players from my school sign there last year and they all really like it at UCLA. Our linebacker Reggie Carter could be a four year starter there and he was killing people on the scout team.
"They like me as a corner, even though I played more safety this year. They said they liked my size for corner and feel I would be a good fit in their defense. UCLA is close to home and they have a good coaching staff that I like a lot.
"I'm going to visit Cal next weekend (Jan. 6) and those are the two schools I'm down to. I was looking at Oregon and Colorado as well but I'm just going to focus on UCLA and Cal right now. My dad (Darian Sr.) ended up getting retained at Colorado and I'm happy for him because he lives there and is a good coach but I just want to go in a different direction. I should be ready to make my decision shortly after I visit Cal."