Kegel, who is a 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive tackle from Chaska (Minn.), held offers from Minnesota and Pittsburgh before Iowa State dropped in with an offer. Early communication has been with graduate assistant Reece Petty and running backs coach Louis Ayeni.
“I was actually in Chicago visiting my brother and I got the message from Coach Louis that he had good news,” Kegel told AllCyclones.com. “So I called him up and he was like, ‘I’m super pumped because I can finally tell you I can offer you a full scholarship to play football.’”
Kegel’s recruitment began heating up last summer when the home state Gophers offered. Since then, and through his junior season, a number of other schools started showing interest. In addition to his three offers, Kegel has drawn interest from the likes of Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern and Oklahoma State.
“Once the letters opened up, my mailbox just kind of got flooded and then this last couple months have been crazy,” Kegel said. “I don’t know if it’s just because Signing Day is over for the class above us. A ton of schools started to look more at the board and the junior class, so I’ve gotten quite a few follows from new coaches.”
Kegel plans to participate in showcases this summer and will make various Junior Day and spring practice visits in the coming weeks. His next stop will be at Iowa State for the Cyclones’ Junior Day on March 7.
“I haven’t actually been down there. I’ve driven through down there a couple times,” Kegel said. “My grandparents live in Kansas, so we kind of drive past it all the time. I looked at a couple pictures online and campus looks pretty, so it’s definitely something I might consider once I get down there and check it out.”
There is currently no timetable for how Kegel’s recruitment might play out, but he doesn’t expect to make a decision before his senior season.
“I think a couple games into the season I’ll know who wants me and who doesn’t,” Kegel said. “I think I’ll make it halfway through the season or around then.”