Q&A With Tulane Commit: '16 Mitchell Hagan, OF/LHP, Westside



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By Brian Feekin
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Name: Mitchell Hagan----Hagan - Hagan3.JPG
Position: OF/LHP
Class: 2016
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 210-pound
High School: Westside
Commitment: Tulane 








PBR: Why did you choose the school you did?

MITCHELL: Tulane has a new coaching staff. They are energetic and excited to advance the program to new limits. I feel that they can groom me into a great player. It is a southern school where I can play year round. Tulane is located in a great city and has a great academic reputation. Their conference, the AAC, is one of the best for college baseball.

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?
MITCHELL: I attended a prospect camp in early August. Our high school team had just finished the season, and I was gearing up for football. I felt that I was at the top of my skills, because we had just finished playing in state. At the camp, I pitched and hit really well. They provided me with a lot of instruction as a position player and pitcher. I could tell that with the concepts they were teaching me, it was going to be a great learning environment. I'm impressed with their dedication.

PBR: Do you feel relieved now that the process is over and you can just focus on baseball and not deal with everything that goes into picking a school?
MITCHELL: Yes, it's nice to just focus on baseball, and not worry about the recruiting process. Right after the camp, we began football practice. I have always played 2 or 3 sports. I think it's going to help just focusing on baseball.

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top?

MITCHELL: I felt that the Tulane coaching staff really cared about me as a person and saw my potential. I feel that they are excited to develop me.

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today? 
MITCHELL: My dad has always encouraged me and has been available to help me practice either him or by getting the best instructors around the area to advance my baseball skills.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult?
MITCHELL: I think the recruiting process is incredibly difficult. I really believe there are many great players in Nebraska. However, I don't feel that we get the attention we deserve. I think it is easier for players from large states and especially southern states to get more exposure. I'm hopeful that PBR is going to help advance players from this region. 

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season?
MITCHELL: The Tulane coaching staff feels that I can be a two way player. I think they're going to give me every opportunity to contribute as a hitter and position player, as well as a left handed pitcher.

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date?
MITCHELL: My most memorable moment is making varsity as a freshman, batting 4th in the lineup, and winning state that year as well as my sophomore and junior years.

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