If you follow football with a passion in the state of Minnesota there is a chance that the name Nick Rengel will mean something to you. The truth is that the 6-foot-3, 225 pound junior athlete prospect from Sartell, Min. high school is probably not known outside of the Central Lakes Conference. That is beginning to change. Rengel received his first scholarship offer.
Over the past several seasons the Sartell Sabres have been one of the better teams in Class 4A. Head Coach John Ross and his staff have built the Sabres into conference and state title contenders. It includes trips to the Metrodome for the state finals in 2005 and the state semifinals in 2007. One of the most memorable plays of the Sabres semifinal game was a 92 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Rengel.
Through Coach Ross the University of Central Florida has offered Rengel. Nick's combination of size, speed, agility, and on field production got him his first offer. Rengel is awaiting paperwork to confirm his verbal offer. This could be one of many for the Sartell athlete. He has received calls and schools visits from Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Illiois, Western Michigan and others.
High school coaches from his conference and region agree with his feeling that he played well. Rengel was named 1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-Area and 1st Team All-Conference. Playing wingback, tight end and some wide receiver, Rengel reached the end zone 13 times (3 on the ground). He had 51 receptions for 794 yards with 10 TD. He will be a captain next season for the Sabres.