Brett Nagel, the 6-foot-3.5, 218-pound three-star linebacker/tight end is playing quarterback for Lemont Township, Ill., which has started off the season with a 3-0 record. Nagel has passed for two touchdowns and has run for another five. Defensively (at free safety), Nagel has secured one interception. "Our team doesn't really have a quarterback and I played quarterback a little last year too, so I kind of just got stuck with the job."
With that kind of versatility, it isn't surprising that schools are having trouble deciding where to play him on the field. "It really varies," Nagel said. "I've been told outside linebacker, tight end and even H-back."
While Nagel still denies a favorite, he does have a solid top five. He favors Stanford, Boston College, Iowa, Northwestern and Purdue and all of them have offered. He has approximately 13 total offers and hasn't scheduled any official visits yet.
"I'm thinking about waiting until after the season to take my trips," he said. "Our schedule is pretty busy. We play our games on Friday and going to a place like Stanford the next day, which is like a four hour plane ride, would be rough. Also, we have our film reviews on Saturday morning and our coach doesn't like us missing that.
"But I definitely plan to take official visits," he said. "I think once I start taking trips and seeing these schools I'll be able to know what I like and what I don't like."
Nagel, ranked as the No. 15 strongside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, says that the schools which are recruiting him the hardest are Stanford and Iowa. " Coach Andy Buh (Stanford linebackers) came to see my game on Friday night (Sept. 7) and that was really cool.
"I also have a great relationship with the Iowa coaches and talk with (head) coach Kirk Ferentz consistently," he said. "He says that I'm the perfect build for their tight end position and says that I could be the next Dallas Clark (former Iowa tight end who now plays for the Indianapolis Colts). He thinks I'd fit in perfectly."
In addition to having a good relationship with the coaches, Nagel says the Hawkeyes have really impressed him during this young season. "Iowa and Boston College have both impressed me so far," Nagel said. "They pass the ball a lot and have great quarterbacks. Also, Iowa has (quarterback) Jake Christensen and we both played in the same youth football league, so I'm rooting for him."
Nagel, ranked No. 55 in the Midwest by Scout.com, also says he's rooting for new Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh to succeed. "Hopefully they'll turn it around," Nagel said. "They had a tough loss to UCLA, but Coach Harbaugh is the perfect man for the job."
The Cardinal are recruiting Nagel for outside linebacker, as is Purdue. "I have a good relationship with (assistant) coach Mark Hagan," he said. "He recruited my brother ('07 Irish signee Aaron Nagel) and we've known him for a while. He's a good guy.
"(Head) coach Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern is also a great guy who has been recruiting me for a while," Nagel said. "They said they see me as a 'super-back', which is something like an H-back for them. I could do a little bit of everything there.
"My mom also really likes Northwestern and Purdue because they are both pretty close and she'd like me to stay close to home," Nagel said. "That's not that big of a factor though."
Nagel reports a 4.2 core GPA and a 32 ACT.