Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw defensive back Darian Hagan has had two schools at the top of his list for some time now and with the regular season coming to an end soon, the talented athlete will look to set up his trips fairly soon.
Hagan, 5-11, 180 pounds is rated among the top 100 players in the country and projects as a corner or safety at the next level. He plays safety in high school but his size may make the corner position a better overall fit.
At the SoCal Nike camp and the B2G camp over the summer, Hagan shined and showed he definitely has the athleticism and cover skills to make the move to corner.
"I prefer safety but it's not that big of a deal," Hagan said. "I think I have the ability to play either position so whatever gets me on the field the quickest is where I'll play."
On the field, Crenshaw is on a roll and has won four straight games including a huge 16-13 win over city Rivals Dorsey just a few weeks ago.
"That was a great game for us because a lot of the seniors had never beaten Dorsey before," Hagan said. "We're playing really good right now, working hard and have a great chance to win the city championship. I think it's us and Taft right now, they beat us the first game of the year 35-34 but we're playing a lot better now and we can't wait to keep things going."
On the recruiting front, Hagan has put most of his focus on the football season but did say two schools are at the top of his board right now.
"That would be UCLA and Cal," Hagan said. "Those two are recruiting me the hardest and I definitely want to take visits to both. I'm also hearing from Colorado, Oregon, USC and a few others and I really want to take all five trips if I can.
"I don't know if I'll be able to but I would like to. I haven't set anything up but the trips will be big for me because one of the main things I'm looking for in a school is how well I get along with the other players on the team and what kind of atmosphere the school will provide. I have friends and former teammates at both UCLA and Cal and they all like it a lot so the only way to really get a good feel for what the school is like will be to see it on an official visit.
"My dad coaches at Colorado so of course I'm very interested in them and USC is another school that has been talking to me a lot but hasn't offered. They keep saying be patient but I'm not sure what they're waiting for. I like them a lot though, they're on top and I like the way they play. Once my season is over, then I'll turn my focus to recruiting and getting my trips set up."