Over the past three years, 2016 Regis Jesuit linebacker Drew Schlegel has established himself as one of the top tacklers in the state of Colorado. This season, for his 9-3 Raiders, Schlegel posted 114 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions. Further, Schlegel is a demon on special teams, blocking punts and covering kicks. The 210 pounder diagnosis quickly, has good speed and can finish in the open field. At 5-11, Schlegel is somewhat of a tweener, but he is very good in coverage and with his quickness, could potentially play safety at the next level. Schlegel’s skill set has garnered offers with CSU-Pueblo, Nebraska-Kearney, Washburn and the University of San Diego on board.
Despite the DII and FCS offers, Schlegel is focused on playing DI football and currently has preferred walk on options with Kentucky, Wyoming, Air Force and Northern Colorado. Schlegel’s offseason plans are focused on prep for the next level. If he goes to Kentucky, a school that wants him to play safety, Schlegel, plans on working hard to improve his speed, footwork and hands. If he plays linebacker, Schlegel wants to put on ten pounds and get up to 220 pounds while still keeping his quickness. Looking at his skills and how they transfer to the next level Schlegel says, “This season I used my speed to get around blocks but I need to use my hands more and be more physical with offensive linemen so I'll definitely be hitting the sled.”
Schlegel, whose father played at Kentucky in the 90s, has a strong connection to the Wildcats. Talking about Kentucky Schlegel says, “Our defensive back coach at Regis grew up with the Stoops and knew I was a big Kentucky fan so he sent Stoops my film and Stoops got back to him saying all their spots were already taken but he'd offer me a preferred walk on and I've been in contact with them ever since.”
There is much to like about Schlegel’s game and he has the potential to eventually contribute at a DI if he takes the long, tough road of a walk on. If Schlegel does go with San Diego or his DII offers, he could see early playing time.