Derrick Engel Gets Preferred Walk-on Offer

Derrick Engel, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound wide receiver from Chaska (MN) High, 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 caught up with his father Joel Engel to learn the latest on his son's 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 has received scholarship offers from Division II schools Winona State, Augustana and Minnesota State Mankato and has been offered a preferred walk-on spot by Minnesota, according to his father.

"He visited Minnesota over the weekend before the Christmas bowl game and he has been offered a preferred walk-on opportunity," Joel said.

Like many Gopher fans, Joel Engel is awaiting word on who will be the team's new coordinator. This could affect his son's recruitment depending on what if any changes are made to the team's offensive scheme.

"The coordinator deal is big for him," Joel said.

Joel said that his son is hoping to narrow down his Division II opportunities in the next couple of weeks and that his son is hearing from several Division I-AA schools.

"Montana State has called and he is hearing from South Dakota. Albany offered an academic scholarship. Augustana has offered an academic/athletic scholarship and tuition there is $30,000 a year," he said.

Engel is an excellent student with a 3.7 GPA. He is undecided about a college major, but is interested in pre-med and business.

Engel's father said that there are plenty of positives about Minnesota.

"He has sent his application in. He has to be accepted to school first," Joel said. "It would be hard to pass up on the (scholarship) money with the economy, but playing in the new stadium is intriguing."

Engel attended the Minnesota games versus Indiana and Northwestern games versus Minnesota and went to camps last summer at Northern Illinois, Ohio State, Miami of ohio, Indiana and Northwestern.

Engel has worked 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 to a 4.41 hand-held time.

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