The Gophers haven’t had too many players make an impact on defense like linebacker Ra’Shede Hagman has in the past decade.
Hageman was not a recruit to brag about when he signed his LOI with the Gophers in 2010 but his development was quite impressive.
Scouts ranted and raved about Hageman’s size. At 6’6 311 pounds, Hageman had an NFL ready body coming into Minnesota but was only considered to have raw talent.
As you can see in the video, Hageman can be a force on defense. Some may call him a poor man’s Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina, a linebacker who should be selected in the top-10 in the draft.
The Gophers’ training staff worked diligently to turn Hageman into a beast and his progress from Freshman to Senior year was astounding. Many people also may forget that Hageman was redshirted last season to work on his game. It really paid off for the Gophers in the end.
Last season, Hageman was the driving force behind the team’s defensive line. Hageman developed great speed and now uses his large frame extremely well. Hageman had 38 total tackles last season but the most impressive part of that stat was his 13 tackles for losses.
When Minnesota needed a big stop on defense Hageman was there. His outstanding all around play and leadership abilities will help any team looking to draft some defensive line help in April.
I personally never saw Hageman as an NFL level player up until this season. Now, the experts have him being picked in the first-round.
Hageman’s work ethic will also help him be a success in the NFL. He came into Minnesota off the radar and left on top.
It will be fun to see how Hageman’s game transpired into the NFL level. I truly believe he will become a star.