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Turns out, Maurice Hagens' word is as sturdy and immovable as his frame.
While several top-flight area recruits harbored second thoughts on their soft verbal commitments during the recruiting process, Hagens, Tampa Bay Tech's 4,000-yard fullback, remained true to the commitment he gave last summer to the University of Miami, which got his letter of intent Wednesday.
This despite the fact approximately 10 programs tried to change his mind after his announcement. According to Hagens, some flat-out asked, "What do we have to do to make you de-commit?"
Nothing, Hagens suggested, once he made an unofficial visit to the Coral Gables campus last summer.
"I got to meet the school president (Donna Shalala) and Coach (Randy) Shannon, and I saw (Baltimore Ravens and ex-UM free safety) Ed Reed working out in the weight room," said Hagens (6-foot-1, 235 pounds), rated among the nation's top fullbacks by several recruiting services. "It was like, 'This is family.'"