Brett Nagel, the 6-foot-3.5, 218-pound three-star linebacker/tight end is playing quarterback for Lemont Township, Ill., which will be playing in the 6A semifinal game against Oak Forest on Saturday, Nov. 17. Nagel, Scout.com's No. 16 strongside linebacker, has rushed for 1,400 yards and 21 touchdowns through 12 games (10-2). He has also passed for an additional 700 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, he has two interceptions.
"We have a pretty young offensive line and I didn't think I'd be rushing for 1400 yards as quarterback," Nagel said. "Our goal is to win the state championship. So far we've met our expectations, but until we win the whole thing it doesn't matter at all."
Nagel still denies a favorite but says he will visit Boston College, Iowa, Stanford and Colorado for sure. All of those schools have offered.
"I'm also considering taking a trip to either Northwestern, Purdue, Michigan State or even Wisconsin. They (the Badgers) haven't offered yet, but if they do I'll probably take a trip there."
He doesn't have any actual official visit dates set yet.
"As soon as our season is over I plan to start taking my officials," he said. "I want to make a decision soon after that. I don't plan to drag it out or anything. I just want to make sure I feel good and comfortable wherever I go. I want to feel comfortable around all the coaches and players. Also, academics are big for me."
Although he played quarterback during his senior season, schools are recruiting him at tight end and linebacker. "I kind of made the decision that I'd rather play offense in college and most schools are leaning that way too. I've played quarterback the last few years and I just think it would be an easier transition to go from QB to tight end. I'm used to having the ball in my hands."
The only school that is still recruiting him for linebacker is Stanford. "They are saying both tight end and linebacker," he said. "Coach Jim Harbaugh has brought a lot of excitement to the team. His goal is to win a national championship and he's intense and is the kind of guy that once he puts his mind to something, he gets it done."
The school that is recruiting Nagel the hardest is Colorado. "I think they call the most regularly," he said. "They send mail everyday and update me on everything that's going on with the team."
Although he denies a favorite, Nagel admits that Iowa's close proximity is a plus. "It's nice because they are only about three hours away," he said. "It's not a big deal, but it's just one of those bonuses. Also, I know a few guys on the team already and I just feel really at home with all the coaches, especially Kirk Ferentz.
"They have a storied program and although they are struggling, they are still young and improving."
In this bizarre college football season, Nagel says one of the teams that has impressed him most is Boston College. "Besides the last two games, they've really been doing great," he said. "They are still up-and-coming and are just getting to be a top team. It would be great to come in and help bring in a new era of winning and get them to the top."
Nagel reports a 4.2 core GPA and a 32 ACT.