WILDWOOD, Mo. – After 7 games of his senior season, defensive end Dan Wagganer is dominating on the field for Lafayette. After 7 games, the Lancers have a 5-2 record and Wagganer has racked up 75 tackles, an average north of 10 per game.
“I played offense for the first game, but I think I standout on defense a bit more,” Wagganer told Today’s U. “On defense ultimately I’ve been doing pretty well. I’m fast and I’m explosive off the ball. I like to watch the play develop, and if it’s in my area to pursue then I will.”
Standing at 6’1”, 215-pounds, Wagganer says he is just now getting into the recruiting process, although his profile is on the rise after two visits to Ball State and Miami (Oh.) in recent weeks.
“I got into it late,” Wagganer said. “But ultimately it’s been going pretty well. I was excited for those two visits though.”
Awesome day at Ball State! pic.twitter.com/f3uHvT4aly
— Daniel Wagganer (@just_DANtastic) October 4, 2015
Wagganer took an unofficial visit to Miami (Oh.) on September 19, a visit that received positive reviews from the senior lineman.
“I got there early,” Wagganer said. “So the coach [Pat] Welsh, he’s one of the recruiting coordinators and tight end coaches, he toured us around for about 45 minutes. He seemed really interested in who I was. He took us down the sidelines and said he’d talk to me later on.”
While on the RedHawks campus, Wagganer had a chance to take in the stadium during a game, tour the football-specific facilities and even visit the surrounding area, all of which earned high remarks.
“The campus definitely seemed like a college town,” Wagganer said. “It was really nice. I really liked the indoor facilities and the coaches seemed really friendly. They are in the rebuilding process they said, but I like the program.”
During the offseason, Wagganer hit various camps in hopes of improving his skills and spreading the word of his talents to coaches in attendance. This strategy paid off in spades as the unoffered prospect netted a game invite from Miami, a boost to his recruitment at the time.
“Over the summer I attended a few camps: Sound Mind Sound Body and one in Fort Wayne,” Wagganer said. “[Miami] saw me there and invited me to one of their summer camps in July and I worked with one of their linebacker coaches, coach Kelly. They wanted me to come to a home game, so I did obviously.”
Wagganer has continued to evaluate several schools showing interest. As part of that process, Wagganer took an unofficial visit to Ball State’s campus this past weekend, another enjoyable trip for the imposing pass rusher.
“We got to tour the locker room,” Wagganer recalled. “I got to talk to coach [Kevin] Kelly for a little bit. I talked to Bailey and stood on the sidelines and watched them warm-up, then I watched the game.”
Although the Cardinals suffered a 24-10 loss to Toledo while Wagganer was on campus, the visit was a positive experience and the senior recruit hopes to continue building his relationship with the staff.
Click here for a link to Wagganer’s midseason highlight tape.