Nick Rengel Recovers From Knee Surgery

Nick Rengel, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior from Sartell who committed to Minnesota in June, suffered a left knee injury earlier this season. He was originally going to make his official visit this weekend. However, he will instead make the trip in the beginning of next year. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Rengel to learn the latest on his rehab.

Nick Rengel paced the Sabres to a 9-4 mark as a junior, losing to Mahtomedi in the state semifinals of the Class AAAA Tournament. Rengel was the sixth commit for the Gophers and the fourth in-state verbal.

Nick Rengel had 51 catches for 794 yards and 10 touchdowns last year and rushed the ball 17 times for 188 yards and two scores. He had three kickoff returns for 114 against Mahtomedi, including a 92-yard return for a touchdown.

Rengel also ran track for Sartell. He finished with a 22.96-second 200-meter dash at this year's state meet, finishing ninth in the preliminaries. The Sartell boys 800 relay team of sophomores Brent Orndorff, Josh Kremer and David Grow and Rengel had the ninth-fastest time of the day (1:32.79) to earn a spot in the finals, where they finished ninth with a time of 1:31:14.

Rengel talked to GoldenSports.Net about the surgery that was performed by Gopher team doctor Pat Smith.

"It went pretty good. I am hoping to able to run track for my high school," he said.

Rengel said that he has not had to wear a brace on the knee.

"I have not really worn a brace since the surgery. I wore a brace for like a week or so. Since then, I've been walking to trying to get back. I am just doing rehab right now three times a week."

Rengel had originally planned to make his official visit this weekend, but will make the trip next month.

"I think that I am going down in January. I'm not quite sure we have not gone over the details," he said.

Rengel plans to major in business or business management.

He is a versatile player who may play several positions for the Gophers.

"It is looking like a slot back/tight end type right now," he said. "Once I get down there, I'll just play wherever they put me."

Rengel bench presses 315 to 330 pounds and was tested out at 4.6 40-yard dash at a football camp and a 4.7 flat at the Midwest combine with electric timing.

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