Nick Rengel Talks about Minnesota Visit

Nick Rengel, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior from Sartell who committed to Minnesota in June, made his official visit to Minnesota this weekend. Rengel, who suffered a left knee injury during his season, had originally planned to make his visit in December. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Rengel to learn the latest on his visit, his rehab and college plans.

Nick Rengel said that he enjoyed his visit to Minnesota.

"It went really good. It was fun. We did a lot of different things. We got to meet some of the guys. It was a good time," he said.

Rengel said that the recruits got to see plenty of the campus and the Twin Cities area.

"We got to tour the new stadium. We went out to eat a bunch of times. I got to hang out with the players. Went to (coach Tim) Brewster's house and the Mall of America. It was a pretty full weekend," he said. "We went to GameWorks and we ate at the hotel, where we got some catering. We went to Brewster's and had a really good meal there and that was really nice."

Rengel is working hard to get back to his previous form after suffering a serious knee injury during his senior season.

"It is going good. I am just rehabbing a couple of times a week. Lifting a few times a week," he said. "Just trying to get stronger. Get back to normal, I guess."

Rengel is hoping to make a recovery in times for track and field season. Rengel finished with a 22.96-second 200-meter dash at last 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.

"That is my goal. I am still going to try to do that for sure. That is pretty realistic. They said it was a realistic goal," he said. "I can keep trying to push for that and I should be able to do that."

Rengel will redshirt next season, meaning that he will enroll in January. He said that waiting will allow him more time to be ready for college football.

"That pretty much became official this weekend, so that I can pretty much have a full year to recover from the injury," he said. "With my knee getting infected after the surgery that set me back a ways. I lost a bunch of weight after that. It is just going to take a little bit longer to get back to football shape. I dropped about 35 pounds and I have put on about 15 pounds since then. When I come in, in January, I want to be past where I was. I went to be at about 240-245 pounds."

Rengel said the injury has not affected his future college position.

"That hasn't really changed. Originally, it was like an H-Back or slot back. It still has not changed from that," he said.

Rengel said that the change in offensive coordinator will not have much of an impact on his role with the Gophers.

"We talked about that this weekend. It shouldn't really change much of anything as far as my position goes."

Rengel will continue to work on his rehab.

"I do a lot of balance stuff. Lighter lifting stuff to get all my muscle back to firing," he said. "Just get it back to where I am not sure after lifting anymore. Just doing some running and some biking. Just trying to get it back to how it was."

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.

He had 51 catches for 794 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior 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 plans to major in business or business management.

He 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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