Nagel expected a win

Linebacker Aaron Nagel of Lemont Township high school (Lemont, Ill.) committed to Notre Dame back in March and he's hoping that more star recruits decide to join him in South Bend.

Aaron Nagel (6-1, 217-pounds) didn't like the outcome of Notre Dame's game with Michigan, but he is excited about the future of the Irish program. Living outside of Chicago allows Nagel to make the short drive to watch the home games.

"We drove to South Bend in the morning and then left after the game. It's a two-hour drive so it's not too bad. I expected to win," Nagel said of last weekend's game against Michigan. "I thought Notre Dame was going to come out strong, but that first interception for a touchdown by Michigan kind of set the tone for the game. The defense had a couple breakdowns, but I thought they played well."

"I was talking to a couple of the recruits that were there. I was talking to Martez [Wilson], Andrew Nuss, and Gary Gray. The Gary Gray commitment was pretty big.

"Last time I was down for the Penn State game I was talked to Robert Hughes and I hung out with Steve Paskorz," he added.

All of Nagel's visits to this point have been unofficial visits. He is going to try to make it to all of the remaining home games, but he will save his official visit for after the season.

"I'm taking my official for the banquet. There are a couple other Chicago guys coming in, Robert Hughes and Martez Wilson," Nagel explained. "I've been staying in touch with coach Ianello, coach Minter and coach Weis. We talk about how my season is going, about their season and how they're excited for next year. I'm really looking forward to it.

"I think as of now they want me to try linebacker. I'm about 220 pounds, but I'm having a little trouble putting on weight during the season."

Lemont struggled early in the season, losing its first two ballgames, but they have since rebounded with two big wins.

"We're doing better than the first two weeks so we should be better from here on out," Nagel said. "I did pretty good last game. I only played the first quarter and a half. We were up three touchdowns. It was 34-0 at halftime and we won 55-7. I rushed 11 times for 125 yards. I had a sack and six tackles.

Tonight Lemont has their homecoming game against Sheppard high school at 7:00 CST. Top Stories