Tim Beckman's goal at Illinois has always been to keep the state's best recruits home for college. 2015 is a ripe year to do so, and one important target is Lemont receiver Flynn Nagel, who is hearing often from the Illini.

Former Marist receiver Flynn Nagel, who is now at Lemont, has been staying plenty busy this offseason. Between working out, collecting offers, his transfer, and watching two friends compete in the state wrestling tournament, Nagel has been on the move quite a bit.

Nagel recently caught the IHSA state wrestling finals, where he saw both a good family friend in Illinois signee Nick Allegretti as well as Core 6 teammate and future Michigan State center Brian Allen.

Recently picking up a couple offers, a few more could be on the way for Nagel.

"I think possibly Purdue, Duke, and Boston College could offer," he said. "I'm not really positive yet."

Nagel is still adjusting to the transfer. Additionally, Lemont just recently hired a new head football coach. So he's seen some traffic through the school, but it's been sporadic.

I've seen a few coaches, but it's been tough with the school change and not having a coach for a little while," he said. "But they hired a new one (Bret Kooi) a week ago. He coached at Lockport when they won some state titles in 2002 and 2003."

Nagel is excited about the change, though. Lockport ran a pass-heavy offense around that time, so, naturally, Nagel is likely to see a lot of passes come his way.

"It will be tough because I'll probably get double covered a lot," he said, "but I'll just watch film and do my best."

Despite all of the chaos of the transfer and coaching change, Illinois has remained a constant in Nagel's recruitment.

"I hear from Illinois a ton," he said.

Illinois has been taking the approach of keeping the top in-state players home. The coaches aren't the only ones pursuing him, though. Fellow Core 6 teammate and Illinois quarterback commitment Jimmy Fitzgerald is Nagel's quarterback on their Core 6 travel team, and the two both work out together every Sunday.

Make sure to keep it locked in here at IlliniPlaybook for the latest on Flynn Nagel and the rest of the Illinois targets this spring.

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