Hawkeyes Lead for 2011 Nebraska Linebacker

Zach Sterup's recent commitment reminded some Hawkeye fans how difficult it is to pull players from Nebraska away from the Huskers. Iowa is going back in again for 2011 Omaha LB Cole Fisher. Hawkeye Insider caught up with him after his visit to get an update on his process. He said Iowa is No. 1 on his list.

Some Iowa fans might be concerned that Omaha's Cole Fisher will pass on the Hawkeyes if home state Nebraska offers him a scholarship. After all, it's fresh in their minds after it recently happened with Hastings' lineman Zach Sterup.

Not so fast, says Fisher, whose brother, Sean, is a Nebraska linebacker and father, Todd, is a football alum there.

"My brother and my father talk to the coaches down there quite a bit," Cole said. "They're being told that (Nebraska) is only going to take one linebacker (in the 2011 Class). That, along with the injury problem, I don't think I'm very high on their list."

Cole Fisher (6-2, 185, Millard North) suffered a knee injury last season that required surgery and forced him out of action. Iowa and Kansas have extended him scholarship offers. Stanford, Iowa State and Nebraska have taken a wait-and-see approach.

"A lot of colleges want to see how I come back from the injury before they talk about scholarships at all," Fisher said.

Fisher visited Iowa City on Monday for the first time since junior day.

"They're my favorite," he said. "The whole program is great. I really appreciate how they've been patient with me and not tried to push for a decision."

Fisher said the Iowa coaches kept him busy all day on his visit.

"One thing that was different is that they spent a lot of time showing me the academic side of things and the support they have," he said. "I saw the Gerdin Center. Having to be in there for at least eight hours a week shows that they don't let you slack off.

"I'm going into engineering and they showed me that school and I got to talk with some professors there. I even got to meet the dean."

Fisher also spent extended time with Hawkeye Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.

"One thing I love about talking to him is that it's not based around recruiting," Fisher said. "You can talk about anything. It's a refreshing conversation."

Fisher said that he feels pretty far along in the recruiting process - "There really isn't much I haven't seen." He had not planned any other visits this summer, but said he'd probably wait until the football season to make his final decision.

If he ended up at Iowa, he'd be a Hawkeye in a Husker house.

"I think that would be pretty cool," Fisher said.

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