Ill. WR Beauty and the Beast

Wide receiver Carl Fisher of Bolingbrook, Ill., High School grew up a Michigan fan. A talented football player indeed, Fisher will present talents of another sort this weekend as his school troupe puts on the play "Beauty and the Beast". GoBlueWolverine Magazine talked with Fisher on Thursday to get the latest on the show, and his recruiting.

Michigan brought in three highly touted wide receivers in the recruiting class of 2005. Antonio Bass of Jackson, Mich., Laterryal Savoy of Mamou, La., and Super Mario Manningham of Warren, Ohio. Those three talented wideouts join freshman Adrian Arrington and Doug Dutch as options for Wolverine quarterback Chad Henne. Will Michigan take a wideout or two in this class? One possibility is Carl Fisher of Bolingbrook, Ill., High School. The 6-foot-1, 199-pound speedster grew up a Michigan fan, and has the Wolverines in his top three. "I like Michigan, Iowa and Northwestern," he said. "I have offers from Utah and Iowa State, but I'm not really considering them. The former coach at Utah, Coach (Urban) Meyer, said he was going to see what the situation was like down at Florida and probably offer me for them too." Meyer was recently hired as head coach at Florida.

Fisher said the Wolverines haven't shown much interest at this early stage. "I've received a lot of letters from them, but no coach has called or stopped by my school," he said. On the surface Fisher's numbers may not be all that impressive. However, taking into consideration the fact that Bolingbrook runs the ball more than 80-percent of the time, Fisher's 30 grabs for over 500-yards, with 10 touchdowns look very good. "I play some defense, and I'll play wherever they want me to play, but I prefer wide receiver," he said.

While he is a talented player on the field, he is also a talented player on the stage. This weekend, Fisher said he would perform in the Spring Musical, "The Beauty and the Beast". It may not be surprising what role he's in. "I play Gaston, the main antagonist," he said. "I enjoy acting and would like to do it in college if I can."

It doesn't appear Fisher desired to move too far from home. "I want good education first, and I want to be in a place where I fit in," he said. "I want to be close to home, and I'm looking for coaching staff with the right attitude. A teams record this year won't make any difference to me, I have to feel comfortable with the school first and foremost."

Fisher said he wouldn't start seriously considering schools until the end of the season. Depth and playing time will also play a factor in his decision. "I'll start looking at which players are coming back at the end of the year," he said. "I plan on waiting until the very end to decide."

Northwestern and Iowa will get camp visits from Fisher, he said, and he won't attend any Nike Camps. He said he attended Junior Days at Illinois and Notre Dame. Northwestern on signed one wideout last year - two-star receiver Rasheed Ward of Harper High School in Chicago. The Hawkeyes brought in two wideout - four-star Trey Stross of Avon Lake, Ohio High School, the No. 15-ranked receiver in the country according to, and Marcus Wilson, a three-star player from Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, N.C.

Fisher reports a 3.75 grade-point-average, along with a 19 on the ACT. He said he wants to major in bio-medical engineering.

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