Engel Eyes Gopher Transfer

After two strong seasons at Winona State, sophomore Derrick Engel looks to the University Minnesota as a possible transfer destination. GoldenSports.net talked with Engel about his possible Division I transfer.

Engel is a 6-foot-2 wide receiver out of Winona State (Minn.) by way of Chaska High School. This past season with the Warriors, Engel snagged a team-high 39 catches for 584 yards and four scores. After an outstanding high school career and two strong seasons with Winona, Engel now sets his sights on transferring to the Division 1 ranks.

"I sent out my information to a lot of D1 schools to see the interest level but if I'm going to walk on I definitely want to attend the U of M," said Engel.

"I just want to see if there's any scholarships out there and if anyone is willing to give me one. The interest from Minnesota seems to be there but I really won't know any details until I'm completely cleared [to transfer]," he added.

Coming out of high school the Gophers offered Engel a preferred walk-on spot but due to a late acceptance to Minnesota, Engel had already decided to enroll elsewhere. "I signed with Winona in February and decided to take the scholarship and solidify that I would be playing football my freshman year," Engel said. "I don't regret it one bit but I'm ready to move on and give it a shot."

What does Engel like about the possibility of playing for Minnesota? "I would really like to play for my home state and they were definitely on the top of my list in high school," he said. "I also like Coach Kill a lot and how he's approaching the team and I know that they are low on wide receivers," Engel added.

A standout at the Division II level, Engel knows his strengths as well as what he needs to work on to be compete against tougher competition. "My game has basically been vertical," said Engel. "My strength is definitely linear speed."

"I need to work on my breaks and agility still but I can stretch a defense for sure," he said. "[I] definitely need to get bigger and stronger too," Engel added.

Engel knows what he needs to do to make the jump to Division I. "I'm willing to give it my all and see what happens," he said.

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