Ferentz on Fisher

Published: February 11 2011 | 2:09 pm - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 11:22 am in

Nebraska, Nebraska and now Iowa. 

That’s how it goes in the Fisher household. 

Todd Fisher lettered as a walk-on at Nebraska in 1983. Sean Fisher is a linebacker for the Huskers. He was expected to start this season, but suffered a broken leg early in camp. 

Now, there’s Cole Fisher. He’s the Iowa. 

In late July, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder from Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) committed to the Hawkeyes, picking the Hawkeyes over Kansas. Iowa coaches told Fisher and his dad that he was the No. 1 linebacker on Iowa’s board for 2011 recruiting. Iowa offered a scholarship after Millard North’s seventh game last season. 

“The first thing I saw off the bat was the coaches. They’re a bunch of really great guys,” said Fisher, who carries a 3.8 GPA and scored a 28 on his ACT. “Also, it’s been the same guys forever now. There isn’t going to be any changing or anything like that. It’s comforting to know worry about anything like that. The guy who’s recruiting you is going to be your coach.” 

Not long after Iowa offered, Fisher suffered a torn ACL in a basketball game last December. He’s back 100 percent now, he said, and played in a 7-6 loss to Omaha Creighton Prep on Friday. 

The knee, however, stunted his recruiting. His only other offer was Kansas. And, no, no offer from Nebraska. 

But that’s OK. Fisher is done with recruiting, Nebraska offer or not. 

“When I give someone my word, for something that big, I’m going to stay with it,” Fisher said. “I’m not going to be changing my mind or anything like that.” 

Links -- The Nebraska thing didn't take the smile off Cole Fisher's face on signing day, according to this Omaha World-Herald story. "It's another step in the process. I didn't realize it was that big a deal," Cole said before recalling how some of his Millard North teammates and friends have ribbed him for wanting to become a Hawkeye. "Being Nebraska fans, they liked to talk smack. It's all in fun right now."

Three most interesting bio items -- 1) Engineering major. 2) Team was 2010 state champs with an 11-2 record. 3) Had 94 tackles and three picks as a senior free safety.

Ferentz on -- No Iowa quotes on Fisher.

There is some insight, however. Iowa offered Fisher very, very early, late in his junior year. Also, it was just after he suffered a torn ACL playing basketball for Millard North.

This tells me he was very high on Iowa's recruiting board, probably as a linebacker.

He committed to the Hawkeyes at the end of July, about a month after Nebraska announced it was leaving the Big 12 for the Big Ten.

This tells me he was set on Iowa, even though an offer from Nebraska never came.

Projection is fun -- Fisher told me in August that Iowa wanted him as a linebacker. That plan might've changed. On Iowa's signing day bio sheet, Fisher is listed as a defensive back, which makes me wonder if he's not being projected as a safety.

He's 6-2, 195 and, with 246 tackles in his career at Millard North, he isn't afraid of contact.

Sean Fisher is listed 6-6, 235 on Nebraska's website. So, Cole Fisher might have the frame to bulk up into that range.

I'm thinking that's where this ends up. Maybe OLB?


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