The 2015 football recruit from Lemont, Illinois is a wide receiver, so it's not like he had much choice. The Illini offensive coordinator has everybody, or so it seems, interested when the Illini offense takes the field.
Recruits like Nagel have taken notice with especially perked interest.
"I could fit in well," Nagel said. "Coach Cubit's offense is unbelievable. What he did against Cincinnati, I was mind blown. The receivers are unbelievable. I would fit in well with an Illinois offense."
Hold up Illinois fans, don't count Nagel in just yet. He has offers from Illinois, Indiana and Northern Illinois. He's also hearing from virtually every coach in the Big Ten. Still early in his junior season, the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder is taking his time, while being productive with figuring out how he plans to find the right fit.
"I have to go where I feel like home," he said. "Where it feels like it's just a family, everybody is one working in the same direction and everyone is working for the same goal."
Developing such comfortable feelings for a college doesn't happen overnight. But so far, Illinois has done a good job of establishing a relationship with the Nagel family.
"Me, my Dad and Mom came down for a practice and talked to Coach (Tim) Beckman and they loved him," he said. "They loved what he had to say, and they think Illinois would be a great school.
"I loved (the campus). The facilities were amazing and just the coaching staff is so welcoming, easy to talk to and all the players were easy to talk to as well. It felt like a family."
It helps that Champaign isn't far from home. Remaining close to his family, "would be unbelievable," Nagel said. "Just traveling, me and my family talked about how we weren't really big on going far. Any in state school would be unbelievable. My family and friends could all come watch the games and be able to hang out and come visit when they wanted. It would be great."
What college team he'll play for will be decided later. For now, Nagel suits up for Marist High. Winning as a Red Hawk is Nagel's present priority.
"I love having the ball in my hands," he said. "I think I can read where I need to run and break tackles and get into open field. i consider that my strength, just like having the ball in my hands."