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Draft Scout Ra''Shede Hageman News
05/21/13 - 2013 FREAKS LIST: THE 20 CRAZIEST ATHLETES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 2. Ra'Shede Hegeman, Minnesota, DT: The 6-6, 312-pound converted tight end vertical jumped 36 inches this offseason when the Gophers tested him. More impressively, the former basketball standout (he used to play AAU ball against first-rounder Royce White) says he can still do a 360 dunk even though he's well over three bills. "But," Hegeman adds, "it doesn't look as pretty as when I was 250."
Hegeman was a big recruit for former coach Tim Brewster. Then-Gophers hoops coach Tubby Smith once tried to get him to come out for the basketball team, Hegeman says. But the big man opted to focus solely on football, where he has blossomed into one of the Big Ten's better D-linemen.
He's certainly the most athletic. Not only does he have the 36-inch vert, but he also has bench-pressed 465 pounds and clocked an electronically timed 10-yard sprint in 1.57 seconds. For comparison sake, no DT at this year's NFL Combine jumped higher than 33 inches, and Terron Armstead, the offensive tackle who ran the blazing 4.71 40 at the combine, did a 1.64 in his 10. Hegeman said watching the combine in February has "motivated me to be even get more serious in the weight room." His goals on the field for 2013: play with better pad level, play with more urgency off the ball and not take plays off. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
12/28/12 - Scouting the Minnesota run defense: This area needs more improvement than any on the team. Minnesota still gets dominated at the line of scrimmage far too often, especially by good teams who have been able to run the ball at will. The Gophers allow 174.2 yards a game and 4.6 yards per rushing attempt. Minnesota has also given up 21 rushing touchdowns. While other parts of the defense have improved, the Gophers still can't stop the run. - The Sports Xchange
12/18/12 - Hageman's improvement was a recognized by the Big Ten with all-conference honorable mention honors. The Big Ten Network's Tom Dienhart also labeled the former Washburn High School standout as a likely prospect for the upcoming for the 2013 NFL Draft. However, though Hageman may eventually become the Gophers' first defensive lineman drafted since Anthony Montgomery went in the fifth round of the 2006 draft, another collegiate season might considerably improve his standing in the eyes' of pro scouts. "Does he have NFL ability and talent? I don't think there is any question about that," coach Jerry Kill said. "You don't get that many people that big, that fast, that athletic ... When you're that big, he knows he's got some ability. He's a smart kid. He watches film. He knows he's still got work to do."
Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys recognizes Hageman's development into one of the team's premier players, but points to his skills stopping the run as an area in need of improvement prior to taking the step to the pro level. "He's still got some work to do with his hands," Claeys said. "He injured his shoulder there for a little bit. For three or four games, he wasn't able to get off blocks as well. It's just the little things. He has all the athletic abilities. That's not going to improve any." "He hadn't played a whole lot (last season), so he'll continue to improve against the run. He's taking charge of that group up front. It will be good to have him back." - Nate Sandell, 1500ESPN.com
12/15/12 - Gophers junior defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman considered leaving school for the NFL after this year, but he now expects to return for his senior season. The 6-foot-6-inch, 300-pound Hageman, who had a career-best five sacks in his first year as a full-time starter, was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection this season. The former Washburn All-American tight end told the Pioneer Press last month that he would wait to make a decision on turning pro after seeing where he was projected in the 2013 NFL Draft.
"I think I need another year under my belt," Hageman told reporters Saturday, Dec. 15. "I did OK, in my opinion. But I definitely need a lot of things to improve on. Just me getting another year under my belt just means I have spring ball to work on (things). And summer workouts I can get a little bit stronger, so I can be a dominant player in the Big Ten."
Hageman had brief conversations with Gophers coach Jerry Kill about his pro future. But Hageman said he came to the decision after talking with his parents. "Me waiting around could perhaps get me more money," he said. "I was kind of hesitant at first, but I felt like I wasn't fully prepared to take that step. I still have another year to graduate (youth studies major). It's a free year, so you might as well take advantage of that." - Marcus R. Fuller, The Pioneer Press
12/04/12 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Hageman notched 29 tackles (17 solo) and forced one fumble on the year. Hageman was constantly in the backfield disrupting opposing quarterbacks, as he finished second on the team with five sacks (tied for seventh in the Big Ten) and 6.5 tackles-for-loss. - Minnesota football