After registering 99 tackles and two interceptions in 2012, Lincoln Southeast athlete Luke Gifford picked up his first D-1 offer last week when Frank Solich and the Ohio Bobcats extended him a scholarship.
“I definitely thought it might happen. They had come by the school a couple times and they have told me they like to get Nebraska kids whenever they can,” said Gifford. “I really like Ohio, I think they are a great school. Our quarterback Derrius Vick two years ago is there right now and I know he likes it. I have heard good things about it.”
Gifford, who is 6-foot-3 and 195-pounds, has seen a steady interest in his recruitment this year with schools like Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan, Tulsa, Wisconsin, UCLA, and Missouri all inquiring about him.
“They offered me as a linebacker, but they said they could see me in the hybrid role, where I could play safety as well,” said Gifford, who was also offered by North Dakota this past Friday.
In late January, the 2014 prospect checked out Nebraka's junior day after visiting several times this past season.
“The game-day visits are nice, but when you go for junior day you get to see so more. The life center is really cool, they really prep you for life after football, we all know it will end eventually,” said Gifford. “I did get to sit down with Coach Pelini for a little while. He said they really like my film and they all talked about me. The problem is they don't know what position they would like me at. He said eventually an offer could be coming. He told me to just be patient.
“I feel pretty confident after my talks with Coach Pelini that one will be coming, it's just a matter of time.”
Would Gifford commit on the spot if the Huskers offered?
“Growing up here, it's always been my dream school, so it would be tough to not take it right away, but I think I would wait,” said Gifford. “I want to look around and see what's best for me. But at the end of the day, it's always been where I want to be.”
Gifford describes himself as a player who has great range and can deliver a hit when he gets to the ball. He isn't afraid to stick his nose into any play.
The junior plans to visit Nebraska again in the future to watch some of the Huskers' spring practices.
The 2014 product also plays basketball and is currently scoring double-digits for the Knights, who are 14-8 on the season entering district play this weekend.
“I think we are meshing at the right time,” said Gifford, who has seen his team win four of their last five games. “I really think we have a good shot at making state.”
Gifford also attended Iowa's junior day a few weeks ago.