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John E. Hoover: Union’s Kyrei Fisher will sign Monday … but with Minnesota, or someone else?

John E. Hoover: Union’s Kyrei Fisher will sign Monday … but with Minnesota, or someone else?
Union's Kyrei Fisher celebrates one of his four quarterback sacks in the Class 6A-1 state championship game against Norman North. Fisher has been a verbal commitment to Minnesota since May, but may have changed his mind. He'll sign a financial aid agreement on Monday at Union High School. (PHOTO: John E. Hoover/DanCamPhoto.com)

Union’s Kyrei Fisher celebrates one of his four quarterback sacks in the Class 6A-1 state championship game against Norman North. Fisher has been verbally committed to Minnesota since May, but may have changed his mind. He’ll sign a college financial aid agreement at 2 p.m. Monday at Union High School. (PHOTO: John E. Hoover/DanCamPhoto.com)

TULSA — Union senior linebacker Kyrei Fisher has been verbally committed to play college football at Minnesota since May.

But has he had a change of heart?

Fisher committed to the Gophers during an unofficial visit there, choosing Minnesota over a handful of other offers. But since then, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Fisher has received more recruiting attention from other schools.

A source told The Franchise that Fisher is considering signing with someone other than Minnesota. He will sign a financial aid agreement Monday during a 2 p.m. ceremony at the Union Multipurpose Activity Center.

His current offer list includes Arkansas, Colorado, Michigan State, Minnesota and eight other Division I schools. He visited the Razorbacks on Nov. 11. He also visited Texas on Dec. 9 but doesn’t have an official offer yet from the Longhorns.

Fisher graduates from Union at mid-term and plans to enroll for the spring college semester.

Fisher, a two-year starter at Union, had 71 tackles and four quarterback sacks as a junior and 65 tackles with eight sacks as a senior. His 2016 total includes a stellar performance in the Class 6A-1 championship game against Norman North, when he sacked Timberwolves QB Brandon Marquardt four times. Union beat Norman North 57-43 in the title game.

Rivals.com ranks Fisher as a three-star prospect, No. 9 overall in Oklahoma and No. 43 nationally at outside linebacker. Scout.com ranks him as a three-star prospect also, No. 49 nationally at his position.

Fisher is a client of former OU softball player Courtney Roach, who has partnered with Marcus Dupree MVP College Recruiting, a Tulsa-based service that helps facilitate the recruiting process for college prospects. Roach has assisted Fisher with the recruiting process for about a year and helped get him noticed by Minnesota and other programs by sending out Fisher’s personal profile, game film and other forms of communication.

Roach has assisted other prospects in Oklahoma as well, including Jenks wide receiver Isaiah Epps, who verbally committed to Kentucky last week.


Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “Further Review with Hoover & Rew” and can be heard on The Franchise Tulsa from noon to 3 p.m. every weekday with co-host Lauren Rew and most mornings on The Franchise in Oklahoma City. Listen on fm107.9, am1270 on the 107.7 Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page.

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Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he’s now co-host of “Further Review” on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World’s lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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