The previous coaching staff under former head coach Mark Mangino had shown sincere interest in the Omaha (NE) Millard North product. But when Mangino resigned in December, and Turner Gill was announced as his replacement shortly thereafter, Cole Fisher was left wondering how much interest the new staff might have in him as a prospect.
In early March that question was answered, as the Jayhawks extended the
Scout.com three-star outside linebacker a scholarship offer.
So despite his familiarity with the Kansas program – Fisher attended
the Iowa State and Nebraska home games in 2009 – it became necessary
for he and his family to familiarize themselves with Gill and the rest
of the new regime.
The Spring Game provided the perfect opportunity, and one of the first
things Fisher did was sit down with his father for a conversation with
the new Jayhawks head man.
"I enjoyed it," Fisher said. "It was good. We got to sit down with him
and talk about Kansas in general, like what do I see in the college. He
asked some questions like 'What kind of coach makes you perform at your
best.' It was pretty cool."
Following a tour and a meal with other recruits in attendance and the
coaching staff, Fisher filed into Memorial Stadium along with
approximately 12,500 Jayhawk fans for the 1 p.m. kickoff.
Unlike the vast majority of the crowd, however, he had a reason to
cheer on the Blue Team in particular. Fellow Omaha native, and current
KU tight end, Tim Biere is a long-time family friend.
"Sean (Fisher's older brother, a linebacker at the University of
Nebraska) used to play with Tim, who is now one of the tight ends and
he had a really good Spring Game," he said. "That was pretty cool. I
grew up with that guy and look how well he's doing."
In addition to KU, the University of Iowa has also extended a
scholarship offer to Fisher, though he has received interest from a
host of other programs. However, he doesn't expect a decision to come
quickly. The talented linebacker prospect wants to take things slowly,
going through the entire process with a fine-toothed comb to make sure
whatever school he selects is the right fit for him.
"I'd say they're all pretty even," Fisher said, when asked if he
currently has a favorite. "Every time I go somewhere I come back
feeling like that one has a slight lead, but then I go somewhere else
and feel the same way about there."
However, it looks as if the Jayhawks will definitely be given serious
"I had a great time down there," he said. "It was a good experience and
I really enjoyed it. So I definitely think they'll be a contender."
Jayhawks Solid With Fisher
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