One of the hottest names in junior college recruiting right now only watched his first football game four years ago. Kilian Zierer is a 6-foot-7, 295-pound left tackle recruit at College of the Canyons in Valencia, California. He grew up in Munich, Germany, just turned 19 and has has some big-time offers to his name. Nebraska, UCLA, Oregon and Arizona State are just a few of the teams who have offered him.
— Kilian Zierer (@Kili24_) May 15, 2019
I caught up with Zierer on Wednesday to talk about his journey to JUCO, his interest in Nebraska and more.
Here is the full Q&A:
Where are you from and tell me about your journey to College of the Canyons?
“I’m originally from Munich, Germany. I came here in July last year. I came here from a program called Gridiron Imports. It’s led by a German ex-NFL player. He helps European kids get over. He was in contact with offensive coordinator. He sent him my tape, he liked it and I came here.”
How long have you been playing football?
“I came here in July so it was my first season here. I started playing in 2016 in Germany. I played three seasons in Germany and one season here.”
How many years of eligibility would you have after JUCO?
“I’m a three-for-two guy.”
What did you think after getting the offer from Nebraska?
“I like Nebraska. I didn’t know much about the program but I know it’s a football state. That’s why I like it. I know Texas and Nebraska and Ohio are really big football states. That’s why I look forward to knowing more. I have to break it down because I have 17 offers right now. I need to look where I want to go for my official visits. Nebraska is definitely up there.”
Have you talked much with the Nebraska coaching staff?
“The one coach came out here and offered me. I talked to some coaches on the phone but so far only one came out here. I haven’t been in contact with a lot of them but they talk to me every now and then.”
What would you say your goals are for this upcoming season?
“I would love to go undefeated again with my team. We went undefeated last year and lost in the quarterfinals. I’d like to improve as a player. So, improve as a player, have a great season and get my degree to get out in December. Then I can get ready for the D1 level.”
Have you been able to go see any schools yet?
“No official visits yet. I was at UCLA weeks ago on a very unofficial visit. We just went down there and I got introduced to all of them. They offered me four weeks later. That was the only school I really visited. I hope I can go to a lot of places in June, that’s my goal. I’m trying to take my visits in June because in the fall there is no chance. I have games every Saturday. We are projected to be a really good team so we will go far. We also only have one or two bye weeks. So I’m trying to take two or three officials in the summer.”
What are some things you are most looking for in a school?
“Well, as of now I would really like to have a school that fits me. Either they want me to come in and develop with a redshirt year or play right away, either is OK. Just a program that fits me. I want a good program and of course Nebraska is a good program. I want a good offensive line program. I want to change my major when I get to the next level. I’m with sociology now but want to change to the sports science or sports medicine. That’s about it right now. The most important is the program and education fitting for me.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.