March 18, 2009

Hagan close to an offer?

Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon McMillan junior safety Chad Hagan speculated who his top three would be when he had no offers over a month ago and he picked Ohio State, Penn State, and Pittsburgh.

Now, Hagan has picked up a Big Ten Conference offer from Illinois and feels as if he is on the verge of picking up a few more soon.

"I have an offer Illinois but I think there are a few on the way," Hagan said. "Everything is going pretty well, actually. A bunch of new schools are starting to come in. I feel like Pitt, Ohio State, Penn State, Minnesota, and Michigan State are going to offer soon."

Though he still hasn't picked up an offer from any of his schools he placed in his early top three, Hagan maintained those are still the frontrunners for his services.

"My list hasn't changed at all really. The ones I had up there are still my top three," Hagan said. "Illinois is obviously up there now that they offered, but Ohio State, Penn State, and Pitt are still my top three."

Hagan, who has always maintained his interest in Ohio State, has been in steady contact with Buckeye co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, who told the safety they are "very interested" in him.

"Coach Fickell sent my coach an e-mail (last week) to get my e-mail address so he is going to get in touch with me again soon," Hagan said. "We keep in close contact and he is checking on my grades and they are probably going to offer when I go up this spring.

"I talked to (Luke Fickell) on the phone last week and let him know how everything is going," Hagan added. "He just told me to stay on top of my grades and keep doing what I am doing with my workouts and stuff and if I keep working hard they will offer."

Hagan has never been bashful in terms of hiding his enthusiasm for the Buckeyes, especially if Ohio State were to come through with an offer. Hagan has already made plans to get back up to Columbus for the Buckeyes' spring game.

"That would definitely put them No. 1," Hagan said. "If (Ohio State) gave me an offer right now they would be No. 1.

"I know it is going to be awesome," Hagan said of attending the Buckeyes' spring game. "It is going to be a great atmosphere and I already know that."

While Penn State hasn't been in as much contact with Hagan, the safety's head coach Guy Montecalvo played under Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions are surely up there for the junior.

Hagan plans to take up trip up to Happy Valley March 28 for Penn State's junior day.

"I am not in as much contact with (Penn State) as I am with Ohio State and Pitt," Hagan said. "But my head coach played under Joe Paterno and they are talking about me."

The safety may have designs of staying in close proximity to his home so his loved ones and friends can watch him play.

"It is really important to me," Hagan said of staying close to home. "I want to make sure my mom and my coaches are able to see me play throughout college."

Ari Wasserman is a staff writer for BuckeyeGrove.com. He can be reached at AriWasserman@gmail.com.



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