AllCyclones.com caught up with Lemont (IL) wide receiver Flynn Nagel on Tuesday night. The three-star Nagel, the No. 43 receiver in the 2015 class, has an Iowa State offer and was in Ames over the weekend for ISU's Junior Day.
Q: So how was Ames?
Nagel: "It was unbelievable. I mean, just going down there and meeting all the coaches and finally seeing the school and facilities to take a look, I was extremely impressed."
Q: What stood out to you the most?
Nagel: "My favorite thing was going into the weight room and seeing how unbelievable it is. They had five high-speed, high-incline treadmills, five plyometric boxes. It was just, honestly, unreal. I was extremely shocked at how nice everything was and how the coaches are so genuine."
Q: (Naperville's) Bobby McMillen committed over the weekend, the first for ISU. He told me he was going to work on recruiting you, since y'all know each other and are Illinois products. Thoughts on that?
Nagel: "I was shocked, actually. I didn't know he was gonna commit that weekend. I was down there with him, I was talking to him about everything. He said he loved it. Walking through the weight room, I was next to him. His eyes were lighting up at everything. I could tell he felt like Iowa State was home.
"I was on my way into the basketball game and Coach Day came up to me and said, 'Did Bobby tell you the good news yet?' And I had no clue and looked at Bobby and he had a big smile on his face. It was awesome for him and that means a lot to me to have an Illinois kid and a buddy of mine commit there."
Q: McMillen's family knows ISU well and there are some long-time connections there, so he had all his ducks in a row before committing. But how do you — and other highly-regarded prospects — refrain from jumping the gun on committing?
Nagel: "I honestly think it helped having older brothers (Flynn's older brother, Derek, is a wrestler at SIUE) go through the whole process. They visited some pretty unbelievable schools. They give me advice and tell me you can't commit somewhere the first time you go and visit just because you see all the facilities. You've got to become comfortable with the coaching staff and you've got to know them. You can't just commit because you like the facilities and the weight room. I do see where kids are coming from where they commit right on spot but for me I wouldn't be able to commit to a school just because of the facilities. I just wouldn't be able to do that."
Q: What's next for you?
Nagel: "I don't have any visits to schools planned, but I'll let you know."