Coaches Eyes: Cole Fisher

Who knows the athlete better than his coach? HI's Josh Harvey caught up with Millard North (Omaha) Head Coach Fred Petito to talk about Iowa commitment Cole Fisher. What are his strengths? What does he need to work on? All the answers are inside!

Millard North High School(Omaha) is turning into a pipeline for Iowa. The Hawks have snagged recruits like Seth Olson, Adam Shada and Jeff Tarpinian in the Kirk Ferentz Era.

In 2011, another Mustang will head to Iowa City. This time it's outside linebacker Cole Fisher. The Scout.com three-star prospect told Iowa back in late June that he wanted to be a Hawkeye.

"It stated years ago and I think that a lot of kids want to make that decision before their senior season. I don't say to do one or the other," said Millard North Head Coach Fred Petito. "That is their choice to make. But, we have had a number of guys do that from Eric Crouch to Adam Shada. I think it's more of a influence on what some of our ex-players have done in the past than more a less me."

Millard North is trying to rebound in 2010. The football powerhouse is just 7-12 in the last two seasons. If they do, a large part of the turnaround is expected to come from Fisher. He finished his junior season with 80 tackles and is one of the leaders on the Mustangs' defense in 2010.

"He's is a guy that really leads by example. He is not the most vocal guy we have, but when he says things people listen," said Coach Petito. "The way he carries himself on and off the football field and how he carries himself through the way he practice is just very impressive."

Fisher chose Iowa over Kansas. His father Todd Fisher, is a Nebraska football alum and his brother, Sean Fisher, starts at linebacker for the Cornhuskers. Nebraska decided that this season they would only be taking one linebacker and went with Klein Collins' (TX) David Santos.

So what is the future Hawkeye strength's on the field according to his coach?

"He is very smart and he is very tough. He gets to points, so he plays the game quickly. There is not a lot on the field that he doesn't see. That is why he has been a two-year starter for us. His knowledge of just our general concepts on defense is really good. He has all the physical skills," said Coach Petito. "I don't think Cole has any glaring weaknesses. Just like everybody, we can all improve. His overall game will improve with maturity and knowledge. Sometimes he has to get his pads a little lower because he is just 6-foot-3, but we are working on that. He has worked on it really hard."

HawkeyeInsider.com will bring you constant updates on the senior during the season. Stay tuned.


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