Chaska WR Derrick Engel Gets College Looks

Derrick Engel, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound wide receiver from Chaska (MN) High, is getting plenty of late recruiting looks. Engel caught 50 passes for 637 yards and nine touchdowns, despite an early change to a veer offense. He has attended several Minnesota Gopher football games this season and GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Engel and his father to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Derrick Engel led the Hawks to a 1-8 mark in the rugged Lake Conference. He caught just eight passes for 97 yards (12.1 yards per receptions) and two touchdowns in the first four games as the team switched to a veer offense. However, he shined in the final four regular-season games and playoff loss, grabbing 42 passes for 540 yards.

Engel caught 13 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown versus Eagan, five for 65 yards with two scores against Eastview, eight passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns and six grabs for 105 yards and one touchdown in the final two games.

Engel caught 10 passes for 130 yards in their first-round playoff loss to Minnetonka.

Engel finished with 54 yards rushing and 616 yards on kickoff and punt returns. He set a Chaska school record with 50 catches, breaking the previous mark of 34, and had 80 career receptions, breaking the previous mark of 66 catches.

Engel is still waiting for a scholarship offer, but he is hearing from a variety of schools.

"Most of the schools are still calling weekly. NDSU calls a lot. Northwestern, Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan."

He has been invited to Nebraska for their game this week versus Colorado and to Northern Iowa for their playoff contest. He attended the North Dakota State-South Dakota State game this past weekend and has gotten interest from South Dakota. Their offensive coordinator, Gordy Shaw, a former Gophers coach, will visit the school soon. Montana State came to visit Engel when they were in town for their game versus Minnesota.

Minnesota is in the mix for Engel, although scholarships are going quickly.

"They said that they still want to see the film. Their spots are filling up quickly, so they might look at me as a walk-on," he said.

Engel has been at plenty of college games this season.

"I was at the Indiana and Northwestern games versus Minnesota," he said. "I went to Northwestern against Ohio. I went Northern Illinois and Winona State."

Engel also had a busy summer, checking out many of the top Midwest camps.

"I went to Northern Illinois, Ohio State, Miami of Ohio, Indiana and Northwestern."

Engel had played multiple sports in the past, but he is focused on earning a football scholarship.

"I played basketball and track in the past, but I am quitting this year to just concentrate on football," he said.

Engel is working with Game Speed Academy run by Mark Ellis, a former athletic trainer with the Vikings. His work in the spring and summer paid off as he decreased his 40-yard dash time.

"I took a bunch of weeks off after the season to let my body heal. We dropped my 40 time a lot since my sophomore year," Engel said. "It puts a lot of strength and keep your speed while you are putting on weight. It is a good program. I have not tested since last spring, but I did a 4.41 hand-held. That is my best."

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