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Sports

Nagel provides lift to Kooi's first Lemont team

Lemont’s Flynn Nagel (left) catches a pass during a Passing Jamboree  on June 18 sponsored by the University of St. Francis at Joliet Memorial Stadium.
Lemont’s Flynn Nagel (left) catches a pass during a Passing Jamboree on June 18 sponsored by the University of St. Francis at Joliet Memorial Stadium.

JOLIET – So what’s new with Lemont football?

The answer should be obvious. Highly successful coach Eric Michaelsen stepped aside after last season when he was named the school’s principal. His successor is Bret Kooi, whose teams won back-to-back Class 8A state championships during his tenure at Lockport.

Nothing can trump that.

Lurking in the background, however, is another item that could help ignite the Indians’ first season under Kooi: Flynn Nagel is back in town.

The Lemont native and all-state caliber receiver, whose brothers Aaron, Brett and Connor played high-level football at Lemont, transferred to Lemont from Marist in January. He and Nic Weishar, who will be a freshman at Notre Dame, formed one of the state’s most feared pass receiving duos last season.

“It was a financial situation where my dad lost his job,” Nagel said during last month’s University of St. Francis Passing Jamboree at Memorial Stadium, explaining why he transferred. “Moving back to Lemont is not a hard transition.”

That’s because the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Nagel, who has been clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, grew up playing football with some of the Indians in the Lemont Hornets’ program.

“I like Lemont a lot,” he said. “I’ll be around my buddies, all the guys I know.”

Playing for Kooi will have its benefits as well.

“He does know the passing game,” said Nagel, who accounted for 1,488 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns last fall for Marist.

Nagel committed to Duke just before the USF 7-on-7. He also had offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa State, Miami of Ohio, Northern Illinois, Purdue, Wake Forest and Western Michigan.

“I went to visit at Duke and they offered me,” Nagel said. “They’re the best fit for me.”

Lemont should be a nice fit as well.

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