Brett Nagel, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound three-star linebacker from Lemont Township, Ill., says he has approximately 13 scholarship offers and continues to deny favorite.
"I'm still open because I'm still getting offers," Nagel said. "I just got an offer from Iowa on Friday (June 29), so there's still new schools coming into the picture. But I want to make a decision before the season, so I'll try to start narrowing things down soon."
Nagel, ranked No. 57 in the Midwest by Scout.com, has scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Stanford, Boston College, Northwestern, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Michigan State, Kansas State, Colorado, Colorado State and the Air Force.
Part of Nagel's narrowing down process is to take a few unofficial visits. "I'm at Colorado now for an unofficial visit and I also plan to check out Vanderbilt too. After I visit them, I should be able to have a solid top five.
"I want to learn more about Colorado because I really like coach Dan Hawkins," Nagel said. "I've talked with him on the phone and he seems like a great guy. I also like their linebacker coach (Brian Cabral). He played for the Bears and really knows his stuff."
Nagel's already visited Boston College, Stanford and Notre Dame where he attended camp. His brother is '07 Irish signee Aaron Nagel. "I've been to Notre Dame a lot because of my brother," he said. "I didn't really perform my best at the camp because I'm not used to doing linebacker drills. I played quarterback last year and am still learning about playing linebacker. I'm not sure where I stand with them, but I don't think they'll offer."
His brother, Aaron, committed to the Irish nearly a year before signing, something Brett is having trouble doing. "He committed to Notre Dame really early because they were his dream school. He knew that's where he wanted to go. I don't really have that.
"Academics are big for me," Nagel said. "I also really need to get along with the coaches and I'm looking for a place with good facilities too."
Football seems to run in the family as Nagel's cousin, Coby Fleener, signed with Stanford earlier this year to play tight end. "It would be cool to play with him," he said. "Plus I love the area and warm weather there. I like coach Jim Harbaugh a lot. He's intense and very hands-on. I've heard he even runs with the guys sometimes. He was a player so he knows what it takes."
He reports a 4.2 core GPA and a 32 ACT.