New Lemont (IL) wide receiver Flynn Nagel, who played his junior and sophomore seasons at Marist High School, had seen contact with Iowa State pick up in recent weeks and it culminated Wednesday in an offer.
"It was a really exciting experience for me to be offered by them," Nagel said. "It's such a great school academically and football-wise. I can't wait to visit."
Nagel, a three-star slot receiver, plans to attend Iowa State's March 8 Junior Day, which would be his first ever trip to Ames.
ISU Graduate Assistant Derek Day, who recruited Jauan Wesley out of Chicago in 2014, has spearheaded Nagel's recruitment, with frequent phone calls and communication via social media.
Nagel was told to call Day on Wednesday morning, so he dialed in around 7 a.m.
"I talked to Coach Day for a little while then he put me on with Coach Rhoads," Nagel said. "He said they've decided as a staff to offer me ... Day said the whole staff loved my film and loved the type of player I am."
Nagel has offers from Indiana, Illinois and Western Michigan. Iowa State is his first offer since at least October.
"I expected [my recruitment] to pick up this spring," he said. "The weeks after Signing Day is kind of dead. It's started picking up now. I was expecting to hear from schools I had been talking to lately and Iowa State is one of those schools I've been in contact with a ton."
As a junior, Nagel caught 103 passes for 1,504 yards and 20 touchdowns and returned two kickoffs for scores. A weapon out of the slot, he likes what he's hearing from the Cyclones regarding their new offense under Mark Mangino.
"With Coach Mangino coming in, he's going to turn it into a really powerful offense and they'll be able to put some numbers up," Nagel said. "I'm really excited about what he's going to do with the offense."
Scout.com Midwest analyst Allen Trieu watched Nagel at the Core 6 Winter Showcase in January and reports the following:
"Nagel is a great route-runner with great feet, quickness and change of direction that allows him to create separation. He also has very sure hands. He should make for a very dangerous slot guy at the next level. Even when the quarterbacks couldn't get the ball to him, he was wide open on many plays and left a few would-be defensive backs in his wake."