Chicago (Ill.) Marist class of 2015 wide receiver Flynn Nagel put together a strong campaign on the off-season camp circuit that earned him multiple accolades and his first two scholarship offers.
The in-state Illinois Fighting Illini were the first to offer the 5-foot-11, 178-pound Nagel after he attended their camp this summer.
"I went down to the camp, which was actually local - about 20 minutes from my house," Nagel said. "When they offered me it was unbelievable, being my first offer. I was kind of overwhelmed at first. It humbled me and made me motivated to get more offers.
"With them being the first to offer, that kind of jumped out to me. That showed me they took the most interest in me and believe in me. They will definitely be up there down the road, and they are always going to stay up there."
Nagel did not have to wait long for his second offer to come through, picking it up from the Indiana Hoosiers just a few weeks after Illinois offered.
"I actually went down for a camp and a few days after the camp is when they offered," Nagel said. "It was unbelievable down there - the facilities and the coaches, I was able to bond with them. I love the coaches down there and love their offense, so they are definitely going to be up there too."
Besides Indiana and Illinois, Nagel also camped with Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa and Northwestern. Those schools also gave the Chicago native strong feedback and said they would be watching him closely this fall.
Nagel goes into his junior season after excelling on the camp scene during the off-season. He was ranked as one of the top underclassmen performers at the Chicago Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour and checked in as the No. 7 receiver at the Rivals250 Underclassmen Challenge presented by Under Armour in Dallas.
"The amount of competition that was there and being able to compete against them made me much better," Nagel said. "Seeing myself excel at these camps and doing pretty well for my position gave me some confidence going down the road. I'm just looking forward to this junior season because all these camps have prepared me."
Nagel will line up opposite three-star Notre Dame tight end commit Nic Weishar this fall for Marist, which should benefit both prospects with defenses not being able to key on only one of them.
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