Some would believe that offer sheets expand based solely on camp exposure and the notoriety of a high school. That is true to an extent, but the real truth is that if a recruit is good enough then he will be found, such as in the case of Nick Lifka.
The Naperville (Ill.) North product always had hopes that a big time program would offer, but was never certain. Early on, the two-way star reeled in offers from programs such as Indiana, Western Michigan, Eastern Illinois and Ball State. While those are certainly respectable, they did not fulfill the dream of landing what Lifka referred to as “the big one.”
That held true until recently.
“LSU offered me like two weeks ago,” Lifka confirmed. “They sent the offer to my coach at school. I didn’t really see it coming, but I was hoping it would. It was cool that a large school found me and it felt good knowing they saw potential in me. I was excited when I received the offer and it feels great. And I love the fact that they found me.”
Lifka, a 6-foot-2, 230-pounder, had been a mainstay at linebacker for the Huskies’ defense but he started playing fullback in the fourth week of his junior campaign. LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson obviously liked what he saw of Lifka in the backfield and extended a scholarship offer to the big bruiser.
“The only contact I’ve had with the LSU staff so far was through phone calls and emails,” Lifka said. “I’ve been in touch with Coach Frank Wilson. Usually we just talk about me getting down there for a visit, or we talk about where I’d fit in on their team. LSU is recruiting me as a fullback, so we talk about how I’d be blocking and how I’d be used in short yardage situations.”
Lifka said that in his conversations with Wilson he has gotten a good idea of how he would be used if LSU was his final destination.
“They’d use me like a classic fullback,” he said. “I usually play linebacker, but I played fullback the last five games of the season and I felt comfortable running the ball. I think by playing on defense, I also learned how to play on offense so wherever they put me, I‘ll be fine. I‘m not worried.”
Lifka said the next step for him is to get down to LSU and see what all of the talk is about. According to him, not only will he get to meet the staff for the first time, but he will also get to see the team live in action.
“I have three trips planned for the spring,” Lifka stated. “I will be going to Indiana, Boston College and to LSU. I’ll be going to LSU for their spring game and also because I can’t wait to meet the coaches in person. I want to see an overview of the campus and hopefully meet some of the players as well. I’m also going to look at their academic program because I plan on majoring in business.”
Should Lifka make it down to Baton Rouge as planned it will actually be his second visit to the LSU campus. He said that his father does some business around Baton Rouge so even though LSU is a long way from home there is some familiarity with South Louisiana.
“I haven’t been down to LSU since the 8th grade when I went down there for a game,” Lifka added. “I remember how the fans down there were crazy. I think I could fit in on LSU’s offense and it’s a team I like a lot. Not only that, but I also like the school a lot. LSU is big time. It is not a program you can mess around with.”
While some feel that LSU is out in front for Lifka’s services, he says he is keeping an open mind heading into what is shaping up to be a busy month ahead.
“I like LSU, but I’m still open right now,” Lifka concluded. “I’m still looking around. Besides LSU, I also like Notre Dame, Boston College and Indiana. I’m going to visit Notre Dame this weekend for their junior day and then I’ll visit the other three in the following weeks for spring break. I should have a better idea of where I stand by then.”