Former Louisville great Browning Nagle is best remembered for quarterbacking the Cardinals to a win over Alabama in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl. Saturday, Nagle and his son, BJ, attended Louisville's win over Missouri State at PJCS.
BJ Nagle enjoyed his visit to UofL last weekend
The younger Nagle, a savvy 6-2, 210-pound junior quarterback, appears to be a chip off the old block. Nagle, who is receiving recruiting interest from Louisville, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and Kentucky, has guided Memphis (TN) Briarcrest to a 4-0 start this season.
"We had a great time, it was great weather for football and it was a lot of fun," Nagle said of his visit to UofL. "I really think the atmosphere [stood out] and the fans seem a lot more into the games since Charlie Strong's gotten there. He's done a great job putting the players on the field that get [the stadium] electrified. They really get into it and I loved the intensity of the game."
Nagle is no stranger to Louisville. He tagged along often on trips growing up back to his dad's old stomping grounds in Louisville. His most recent visit was a little different than those previous trips. This time, Nagle was an invited guest of Charlie Strong's Cardinals.
"It was really cool," Nagle said. "We come back to Louisville once a year, but it's a lot different coming in as a recruit. I'm used to going up with my dad to see his old friends and have fun, but it was a lot different this week. It's a really cool feeling to get recruited because they'd showed love for my dad, and now they're starting to show love for me. That's a pretty cool feeling."
Nagle said the Cardinals only recently began showing recruiting interest, and he hasn't had any serious recruiting discussion with Strong's staff.
"I didn't start hearing from Louisville until a few weeks ago," Nagle said. "I haven't had much time to talk with Coach Strong but I'm hoping for the best. It was pretty much just a meet and greet sort of thing this weekend. I didn't get much opportunity to sit down and talk with [Coach Strong]."
One of the urban legends from Browning Nagle's time at UofL is that he once threw a football 70 yards on one knee. So, of course, Louisville fans would be curious to know if the younger Nagle can match his dad's feat.
"I haven't tried the old challenge yet, but I think I'm getting pretty close to that now," said Nagle, laughing. "Me and my dad, it's kind of crazy how our game is so similar to each other. It's pretty cool to have goals like that to try to exceed."
Possessing a strong arm like his father, Nagle's biggest strength may be his knowledge of the game of football.
"Of course having a good arm is going to be on my [scouting] sheet, but I think I have a good feel for the game," Nagle said. "I have good football IQ…I know what's going on around me, I feel like I have a good sense of the game. My leadership skills are pretty good and I feel like my football IQ is going to take me a ways. That's probably my best asset."
Nagle, who is awaiting his first scholarship offer, will visit Auburn this weekend, and plans to visit Oklahoma State later this season.