Class of 2009

C.J. Zimmerer

HometownOmaha, NE
High schoolOmaha Gross

Originally published Feb. 5, 2009 in the Omaha World-Herald

• Zimmerer says: "A lot of people put an emphasis on it that I'm a scholarship guy and a fullback. That's not the important thing. I'm going there to contribute in whatever way I can."

• Did you know: ? Zimmerer is the lone Omahan in this class and first fullback to earn an NU scholarship out of high school since Dane Todd of Lincoln Southeast signed in 2002.

• Coachspeak: "He understands the game so well. He's got an innate ability to know where the ball is going to be at all times on the field. And then he's so violent when he gets there." - Omaha Gross coach Tim Johnk

• The gurus say: rates Zimmerer as a three-star prospect and the No. 18 fullback nationally. places him at 13th among fullbacks.

• About Zimmerer: He earned first-team All-Nebraska honors as a linebacker last season, an award that speaks to Zimmerer's athleticism and versatility. It is for this reason that the Huskers extended an early scholarship offer to a fullback - a position rarely featured in the NU offense. He rushed for 1,325 yards, averaging more than 10 yards per carry and scored 17 touchdowns as a senior. Zimmerer also made 90 tackles.

• Our take: A good decision by Nebraska to make a decisive move in recruiting Zimmerer, who brings a hard-nosed, homestate mentality to a class short on Nebraskans. If he stays flexible with his options, Zimmerer will find a way to make an impact.

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