Is Zbikowski the next Crouch?

Updated: October 1, 2002, 8:47 AM ET
By by Tom Lemming, football recruiting analyst | football recruiting analyst
My No. 20 prospect -- QB/DB Tom Zbikowski (6-0, 190, 4.35) of Buffalo Grove, Ill. -- is not only the state's top athlete, I also consider him to be one of the nation's top QB and DB prospects. In fact, Nebraska has already told him that he's as good a player as Eric Crouch was at this stage.

Tom Zbikowski is a top QB and DB prospect.
The Cornhuskers were one of the first schools to offer him, and he already has close to 40 offers. He's not your typical player: Besides being a lights-out running QB, he's a potential superstar at FS or CB and is also probably the top amateur boxer in Illinois.

I watched him play in person three times last year and once so far this season and believe he has the speed to someday play in the NFL. He has tremendous instincts and is one of the toughest players I've ever seen. He didn't miss a single play on offense last season. After four games this year, he has passed for over 400 yards, rushed for over 400 yards and scored 15 tds.