Kirk Ferentz decided to check in with 2011 linebacker prospect Cole Fisher Friday morning. The Iowa head man left a message with Millard North (Omaha) Coach Fred Petito requesting Fisher to call him back.
Fisher dialed up Ferentz.
“Hey, Cole,” the Hawkeye coach said. “Anything, new?”
“Well, yeah,” Fisher said. “I want to be a Hawkeye.”
“That’s fantastic,” Ferentz said.
“I think he was pretty excited,” Fisher said. “I was going to call him (Friday) anyway and let him know. He was just calling to see how I was doing.”
Fisher chose the Hawkeyes ahead of an offer from Kansas. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder also was hearing from Nebraska and Iowa State.
Millard North has been good to the Hawkeyes in the past, sending the Big Ten school Seth Olson, Adam Shada and Jeff Tarpinian in the Ferentz Era.
Fisher is a Nebraska Cornhusker legacy. His father, Todd, is an alum of the program and his brother, Sean, is a sophomore linebacker at the school.
“I sat down with my dad this week to talk about my decision,” Cole said. “He got one point through. He asked that if anybody else from around the country offer me, would I pick them over Iowa. I told him that I wouldn’t.
“We looked at each other and the decision was made. He told me to go ahead so it’s out of the way before the season.”
Fisher chuckled on Friday while thinking about running out of the Memorial Stadium tunnel into a sea of red wearing black and gold.
“It’s going to be fun,” he said.
Cole talked with his father and brother a lot during the process. They felt the same way about his decision.
“They made it clear that they didn’t care where I went,” Cole said. “They wanted what was best for me. It wasn’t about them. (Todd Fisher) said he would travel to Lincoln one week and to wherever we were the next.”
Nebraska told the Fishers that Cole likely wouldn’t be offered a scholarship as they were only taking one linebacker in the class. Cole seemed fine with paving his own way.
“I love Iowa City,” he said. “Every time I know I’m going there, I get excited about it all week. The coaching staff feels a lot like the one at my high school. I think it’s a good fit for me as a backer. They said I could end up on the outside or possibly at Mike.”
On his last trip to Iowa City, Fisher spent a lot of time with Tarpinian, a standout on special teams last year and the projected starting MLB for the Hawkeyes this season.
“I’d say it’s pretty comforting knowing about those guys that came out of (the Millard North) program and had success there,” Fisher said.
Fisher tore his ACL last season and is still waiting for full clearance from doctors.
“I think that’s going to happen soon,” he said. “I’ve pretty much been doing everything at our camps. I know I’ll be ready for the start of the season.”
Millard North opens play Aug. 27th. Its camp begins Aug. 9.