Nagel Getting Bigger

Notre Dame commitment Aaron Nagel of Lemont Township high school (Lemont, Ill.) got his recruitment over earlier than most college prospects when he committed to the Irish in early March. With the recruiting buzz over, he's just enjoying being a high school student.

Aaron Nagel (6-1, 217-pounds) already had 11 scholarship offers by the time he committed to Notre Dame. Despite the pledge by a player college recruiters will often continue to pursue the prospect until all hope is exhausted.

"A few of them have been but not many. I was pretty firm about my commitment and most of the coaches accepted it," Nagel said when asked if schools were still attempting to recruit him. "Things are going pretty good right now though. I've been lifting, working on getting bigger and working on my speed. I'm focusing on school. I'm just trying to keep my speed where it is while putting on weight."

The weight will be necessary once Aaron moves from safety to linebacker. Last season Nagel played at 200 pounds. He weighed in at 212 pounds when he committed and has added another five pounds since that time.

"I don't notice it too much," he said of the added weight. "I've just been lifting a lot and hopefully it's all muscle. [Notre Dame] really hasn't given me a weight that I need to be at. I'm hoping to go into my senior season at 225-pounds. I'm hoping to head to Notre Dame at 230-235 pounds."

Aaron won't report to Notre Dame for another year, but expect him to be a regular on the Notre Dame campus.

"I came down for the Blue-Gold Game," he said. "I hung around Justin Trattou and Mike Ragone. They seemed like pretty cool guys. I introduced myself to Jimmy Clausen. That was the last time I was down there.

"I talked to coach Weis once this week. He was just checking in and seeing how things were going with the family. He's just all over the country visiting schools. I think he's coming into my high school next week. Hopefully that will go good. He's never met with any of my coaches.

"He's just excited that we got a couple more commitments and hopefully more will be coming in," he added.


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