Bloomington, Ind. – The recruiting process is nothing new to the Nagel family.
Brett Nagel is a 6-4, 225-pound linebacker from Lemont (Ill.) Township H.S. who already has at least eight scholarship offers on the table. One of the most recent came from Indiana, which extended its offer last weekend when Nagel was in Bloomington for the Hoosiers' football scrimmage.
While Brett is just now getting a taste of all the letters, phone calls, and attention from college coaches, he was well versed in what to expect. That's because his older brother, Aaron, was a coveted recruit a year ago who eventually signed with Notre Dame.
One piece of advice Brett received from his brother was to pledge early, and that's what he intends to do. In addition to his trip to IU, he's also already been to Purdue and Northwestern this spring, and he's planning to go to Stanford this weekend. Soon afterwards there is a trip slated to Colorado as well to see two other schools that have offered scholarships – Colorado and Colorado State.
He has offers from all six of those schools, along with Kansas State and Vanderbilt.
While many recruits wait until the fall or winter months to take official visits and then make a college decision, Nagel plans to follow in his brother's footsteps and get it out of the way.
"I'm planning on committing early – I'm thinking June," Nagel said. "My brother committed in March last year, and he told me that's probably the best way to go."
When it comes to his college decision, Nagel might know the when, but he's still very much up in the air on the where. He said no favorites have surfaced from those that have offered scholarships, and he's instead reserving judgment until he's had a chance to see the campuses and meet the coaching staffs.
Indiana, though, did make an impression on him during his stop in Bloomington. Nagel was offered by IU Assistant Head Coach Bill Lynch shortly after IU's Saturday morning scrimmage came to a close.
"It's exciting," Nagel said. "I like Indiana a lot from what I've seen so far."
Indiana, meanwhile, feels the same way about Nagel. While many project him as a linebacker at the collegiate level, he played quarterback and safety as a junior, accounting for 22 touchdown on offense (13 rushing, 9 passing) while intercepting four passes on defense.
"They say they like my versatility," Nagel said. "Coach Lynch thought I could play either outside linebacker or tight end or possibly even safety. They like that I'm a bigger kid, about 6-4 and almost 230, and still pretty fast, probably 4.6."
While the Hoosiers are up against some tough recruiting competition, they do have a couple of things that could work in their favor. One is the fact Nagel's aunt and uncle both went to IU, and have told him they'd love to see him wind up playing for their alma mater.
"From them I know there's great tradition there, and being a Hoosier means a lot," Nagel said. "They're big Indiana fans and they'd like it if I went there."
Academics will also be a big factor in Nagel's decision. He maintains a 4.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale at Lemont Township H.S. and scored 32 on his ACT, and he's considering majoring in business.
"I know Indiana has a great business school, like top 5 or top 10 in the country," Nagel said. "That's definitely a plus. It's either business or law – I'm not sure yet."
Nagel also knows a lot about Lynch. Before his older brother committed to Notre Dame last spring, the Hoosiers' assistant head coach was recruiting him for the Hoosiers, and during the process had a chance to meet Brett.
"I like everyone on the coaching staff I've met, and I have a good relationship with Coach Lynch because he recruited my brother," Nagel said. "I've gotten to know him well and I like him a lot."
Does he like him – and the Indiana program – enough to commit in June? Time will tell.
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