Zimmerer helped lead Gross to a 10-1 record last season, rushing the ball for 11 touchdowns on offense and notching over 120 tackles on the defensive side, on his way to All-State honors.
Nebraska is recruiting Zimmerer to play fullback at Nebraska, so coach John can relate to what's in store for C.J. in the future. "I think he's got all the athleticism, and he'll put on a lot more size. But he's obviously going to have to adjust to the big change in team speed," he said. "But C.J. can do it. He's a great athlete, but he's also just a great kid."
The fullback position has disappeared to a degree at Nebraska, especially when comparing this era to the one which featured the likes of Joel and Jeff Makovicka, Corey Schlesinger and Tom Rathman – a time where the fullback was key. Coach Johnk doesn't know if those days will ever return, but he thinks the fullback will come back to at least some prominence under this new staff. "It probably won't ever go back to the fullback lining up in the I-formation 90 percent of the time like it used to be, but coach (Barney) Cotton said that they are definitely going to use them more," he said. "It will be exciting, and it's been exciting since this new staff was put into place.
"I think Nebraska is definitely the best place for C.J. to be."
We'll bring you more with C.J. himself as he becomes number four in Nebraska's recruiting class of 2009