July 14, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Linebacker Aaron Nagel, a 2007 graduate of Lemont (Ill.) High School, is transferring to Northwestern University and will join the Wildcat football program next month. He will sit out the 2008 season due to NCAA transfer rules and then become eligible to play in the fall of 2009.
Nagel attended Notre Dame University in 2007-08, but was redshirted in his initial season in South Bend.
"We're thrilled to have Aaron join our program," said NU coach Pat Fitzgerald. "I began recruiting Aaron several years ago and know him and his family extremely well. He is a perfect fit for Northwestern and we're anxious to have him join our football family."
Aaron becomes the second member of the Nagel family to wear the purple and white as his younger brother, Brett, signed with the Wildcats in February and is an incoming freshman this year.
At Lemont, Nagel earned first-team all-state honors from the Chicago Tribune and was ranked by several recruiting services as one of the state's top players. He earned an invitation to the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio and received the Doc Blanchard Award for the East team. That award annually goes to a player who best combines community service, football skills and grades.
Nagel was a member of the Dean's List in his first college year.
The 2008 Scouting Report: Transferred from Notre Dame in June, 2008 ... Will sit out the 2008 season and then be eligible to play in the fall of 2009.
2007: Redshirted ... Played inside linebacker for the Fighting Irish.
High School: Selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... Received the Doc Blanchard Award for the East team at the All-American Bowl, awarded to the player that best combines community service, football skills and grades ... Tallied 69 tackles and forced four fumbles his senior season despite missing four games with a knee injury ... Also rushed for 980 yards and averaged close to 10 yards per catch in just over seven games ... Named first-team all-state as a senior by the Chicago Tribune as a linebacker ... Scout.com had him listed as the No. 14 weakside linebacker in the nation and 10th-best prospect in Illinois ... Rated the 11th-best player in Illinois and the 41st-best outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com ... Tabbed the eighth-best outside linebacker ... Rated the 58th-best player in the Midwest in the 2006 preseason by The Sporting News SchoolSports ... Coached by Eric Michaelson.
Born Aaron C. Nagel on 8/22/1988 ... Son of Ron and Linda Nagel ... Brother, Brett, is a true freshman (superback) on NU's 2008 squad.