Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Camps could bring more offers for Nagel
By Jared Shanker
The first camp of the summer for 2015 receiver Flynn Nagel (Chicago/Marist) ended with an offer. He has at least four more camps in the month of June, so he hopes finishes the month with four more scholarships.
Nagel’s first stop was at nearby Illinois for its camp, and following the camp he spoke on the phone with coach Tim Beckman.
“They said they were really impressed with my film and how I played at the camp and how I carried myself,” he said. “It’s a great first offer and I think if they were the first to show interest and offer that it means something, and that’s a pretty good sign that they really believe in me.”
Indiana is hosting Nagel on Wednesday, and this weekend he will go to Iowa. Next week, he plans to camp at Michigan and Notre Dame.
Michigan and Notre Dame were the two teams Nagel’s 2014 teammate Nic Weishar came down to, and he eventually committed to the Fighting Irish. Weishar has raved about his decision to pledge to the Irish to Nagel, and that has rubbed off.
“He said he loves the school,” Nagel said. “I know [an assistant coach] was at our school watching our 7-on-7 so he got to see what some of us can do. [Marist] Coach [Pat] Dunne said they would love to have me at camp.”
The Wolverines coaches also want Nagel to attend their camp next week as well, and he is fairly certain he will make it to Ann Arbor for a one-day session. Assistant coach Jeff Hecklinski is familiar with Nagel as he came through Marist often to recruit Weishar.
“They like my film and they’d like to meet me on campus,” Nagel said. “Coach Dunne keeps in touch with Coach Hecklinski a lot, so he said it’d be a great camp for me to go to.”
Northwestern also hosted Nagel for a camp, but the Wildcats are not in a position to begin offering too many 2015 prospects yet. Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald tends to wait and do his full due diligence on a prospect before offering, and an impressive camp performance usually isn’t enough for Northwestern to extend an offer.
The Wildcats and Nagel are quite familiar with each other, though. Nagel’s two older brothers signed to play football for Fitzgerald.
That won’t have any impact on Nagel’s decision, however, as he plans to find the school best for him and not which school was best for his brothers. But that does not mean Northwestern has not already made a strong impression.
“It’s a great academic school, and not only academics but an awesome football team and the coaching staff is unbelievable,” Nagel said. “They can tell an athlete when they see one. They have great eyes for players.”
At 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, Nagel does not want to classify himself as just a slot receiver, but he understands that is where coaches see him playing at the college level.
“I can play both [inside and outside] but more toward the slot because receivers my size play the slot,” he said. “I’m a more shifty receiver that can get open and separate from DBs and maybe return some kicks and punts as well.”