July 29, 2009

Hagan sets visit to Ohio State

Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon McMillan safety Chad Hagan has been meaning to set up a final visit to Ohio State for quite some time and on Tuesday he was able to schedule one with the Buckeye coaching staff.

Hagan, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety who sports some impressive measurables, told the Ohio State coaching staff that he will be in Columbus for another visit August 10-11. Despite not knowing Ohio State's camp dates when making the schedule, the safety will be in town right in time for the Buckeyes' preseason fall camp.

"It was basically when I would be available along with my coach because he takes me on all my visits," Hagan said Tuesday evening about the planned visits. "It is a good time to go out and see everything. I am looking forward to seeing how tough the practices are, especially at camp, and I want to see the attitude heading into the season and all of that.

"Of course I am going to meet with the coaches and everything," Hagan added, "but I am also excited to see the players practice and all the leadership of some of the older guys."

Hagan has been on plenty of recruiting boards and rumor mills as Ohio State's next commitment and the safety wasn't necessarily denying the fact that it could happen when he reaches Columbus within the timetable of the next few weeks.

Though Hagan isn't ready to make a decision, he has always maintained that Ohio State is his No. 1 school and the institution to beat in his recruitment.

When asked what he would say to those who speculate he could be the next commit, Hagan said, "I just think everyone will eventually know. If it happens, everyone will know when it does."

While Hagan wasn't ready to let down his guard and come out and say that Ohio State is most likely his destination of choice, he still was adamant that the Buckeyes lead the way for his services as of now.

"Ohio State is still my No. 1," Hagan said. "I have been to Ohio State a few times and everything went really good, so I just want to give it one more visit and see everything and then I will go from there."

When asked if everything goes well what he would do, Hagan responded, "There is a very good chance" that he could commit.

"I just want to go see everything before camp and see the entire process at camp and things like that," Hagan said. "After that, everything should be alright."

Hagan has built a very solid relationship with both Luke Fickell and Paul Haynes during his recruitment process and is looking forward to visiting with both of them in addition to head coach Jim Tressel.

"I am planning on visiting with the whole coaching staff," Hagan said. "I have met the whole coaching staff and everything like that, so I am just planning on meeting with everyone on more time and seeing Coach Haynes and Coach Fickell because they are the ones recruiting me."

Hagan admitted that staying patient wasn't always easy, saying he had the urge to commit a few times, but making an educated decision is a lot more important than making impulsive decisions.

"It has been kind of tough but I just wanted to make sure I took my time and thought through the whole process," Hagan said. "I just want to make sure that when I do commit that is the decision I want to make."

BuckeyeGrove.com will be in touch with Hagan after he makes his visit to Columbus, so be sure to check back at the site for updates on how the safety's recruiting process is going and where it could be headed.

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