Nebraska Running Back On Illini Watch List

Coach Ron Zook and his staff continue to recruit some of the best talent in the country. Having established recruiting hot beds in the East and South, the Illini staff has begun to make inroads west of the Mississippi. Nebraska running back Nick Mizaur is the star of the Creighton Preparatory football team, and the Illini have taken notice.

"We just lost in the semifinals on November 15th," MIzaur states. "We were 11-0. Depending on the poll, at the time we were number one or two in the state."

Despite the disappointing ending to the game, the talented junior put up some gaudy numbers for a Nebraska powerhouse that has won 27 state championships in Class A, the highest class in Nebraska.

"Personally, I had like 1250 yards and 16 TDs before the semifinal game."

Nick Mizaur doesn't label any particular aspect of his game as his best, but he does have a general sentiment about his game as a whole.

"I just play as hard as I can. Of course, I can always get faster and quicker."

The 6'-0", 200 pound back has drawn much interest from a wide range of schools including the Ivy League.

"Northwestern, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois are recruiting me the hardest. Brown, Penn, Princeton, Utah sometimes, and Boston College have sent me mail. I don't have any offers yet."

Growing up in Nebraska, one would think Mizaur grew up a fan of a Big 12 school. However, he didn't always live in Nebraska.

"I was born in Chicago, and my family likes Notre Dame. Since the recruiting process has started however, I've become a general football fan and don't have a favorite team. I play both ways in high school, but it doesn't matter what I play in college."

Although he doesn't get the Big 10 Network, Nick has been able to see some Big 10 teams.

"I've seen Illinois play a few times this year, and I saw Iowa beat Penn State."

Illinois intrigues Mizaur for several reasons.

"My grandparents still live in Illinois. It'd be really cool to go back there. Illinois has a good team and the academics speak for themselves."

Nick doesn't have any visits or camps planned yet and will wait for the summer to plan them.

Illini Inquirer Top Stories