2011 LB Getting to Know Hawkeyes

Millard North High in Omaha has been good to Iowa in the past, and the Hawkeyes are going back to the well in the 2011 recruiting class. Iowa was the first to offer linebacker Cole Fisher a scholarship. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the three-star prospect and filed this update.

No matter how many times he‘s asked the question, Cole Fisher's answer does not change. It's almost become funny for him to hear it.

"I'm really at the beginning stages (of his recruitment)," he said. "Everyone asks me and wants to know where I'm going to school. I just have to keep saying that I don't know. I don't."

Th 2011 linebacker prospect from Omaha has earned a three-star ranking on Scout.com's five-star scale. He picked up his first Division I scholarship offer last month when Iowa stepped up with a written letter.

"When I got it, it was kind of weird," Fisher said. "I had only gotten about two pieces of mail from them before that. My coach sent them some tape and they said they liked what they saw."

Fisher hails from Millard North High, a school from where Iowa has brought in strong prospects in the past. Current Hawkeye junior Jeff Tarpinian, Seth Olsen (Denver Broncos) and Adam Shada are alums of the school.

"My coach (Fred Petito) knows the Iowa coaches pretty well," Fisher said. "It's nice to see we've had guys from here have success over there."

Fisher visited Iowa for the Minnesota game last month. His traveling party left Omaha at 4 in the morning for the 11 o'clock kickoff at Kinnick Stadium and then had to leave before the game ended.

"I really missed out on a lot of the recruiting part of it, but I got to talk with Coach (Reese) Morgan and some of the other coaches," Fisher said. "We had to get back (to Nebraska) to watch my brother play, but I really liked the fan support and the atmosphere (at Iowa). I liked it a lot."

Sean Fisher, Cole's older brother, is a starting linebacker at Nebraska. Their father, Todd Fisher, is an alum and former walk-on for the Cornhuskers.

"I grew up on Nebraska football," Cole said. "I have a real good feel for what that's all about. I like the atmosphere and the fans."

Fisher made it clear that his ties to Nebraska should not be considered an indication that he's a lock to end up with the Cornhuskers should they offer him a scholarship.

"It's nice having (his brother and father) there for advice," Cole said. "But I'm going to do this my way. Just because they went there doesn't necessarily mean I'm going to go there."

If Cole were to attend Nebraska, he would have one year to play with his brother. He said that because he goes to all the Huskers home games and travels to Lincoln a lot, he's probably in contact with the Big Red coaches weekly.

Fisher visited Notre Dame for the Navy game in November. The Irish, Iowa and Nebraska were the only schools he listed as having significant interest in him at this point.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Fisher plays free safety for Millard North. He projects as an outside linebacker in college.

"I think some people might be surprised that I'm not the type of safety that just takes people down with shots to the legs," Fisher said. "I like to put a good hit on someone."

Fisher said he got to meet up with Tarpinian in Omaha during the Thanksgiving break.

"He was at the (Millard North) school getting some treatment on his meniscus injury and I was at basketball practice," Fisher said. "We got to talk a bit. He's a nice guy."

Hawkeye Insider will continue to keep you posted on Fisher's recruitment at that of others in the 2011 class.


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