Getting to Know: Sam Gibson

LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper helped LSU land one of Alabama's top athletes from 2010, Prattville High quarterback and college safety prospect Sam Gibson.

Sam Gibson


Position – S

Current Size and Speed – 6-1, 207

High School – Prattville High

City/State – Prattville, Ala.

Other major offers – Kentucky, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia

Academic Status – 3.4 GPA, 24 ACT Position Ranking – No. 35 (***)


On choosing LSU… “The campus was big for me. It’s a cool place in a big city, and I can get away from home. The academic center was the best one I had seen out of all my visits. It all fell into place with LSU, and the visits I had let me know that it will be a great home for me.”

The staff’s approach to his recruitment… “Coach Cooper came before I had any offers. He said that he liked me at safety, though, and that was one of the first times I had heard that from a college. In about March he told me to give him time and he would work an offer out. He kept to his word, and that’s a main reason I committed.”

A close bond… “Coach Cooper and I are very good friends now. We talk a lot. During my recruitment, even after I committed, he would come to my house and visit. My family all loves him.”

The new position… “Playing quarterback through high school, especially at Prattville, didn’t give me too much time to become a technically sound defensive back. I am learning on the run right now, just doing the offseason drills that the staff sent me and working with my coaches after school. It’s just drill after drill. I still toss in some receiver routes in case I ever make a switch to offense, but my main focus is becoming that SEC safety that the staff expects. It’s new, but I am looking forward to it.”

The final season at PHS… “I threw for over 1,300 yards on just about 100 completions with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. I also rushed for over 600 yards with nine touchdowns. We didn’t finish how we wanted (loss in 6A state title game), but my career there was a good one.”

Playing in Prattville… “Football is everything, and that’s why I liked LSU a lot. We were ranked as high as No. 5 last season. The year before we won the state championship. Every football player at Prattville is going to get the best of everything. It isn’t just football, it’s a community. People look out for you. That’s how the LSU program seems, too. I am happy to be staying in that sort of environment.”

Away from the field… “Sometimes my friends and I will go shoot basketball in the park. Lately I haven’t been making it though. I am really focused on the workouts I have to get ready for Baton Rouge. I am working out every day to stay on top of it. I don’t expect things to be easy.”

Friends from the class… “I probably know every single guy by now (laughing). Ronnie Vinson and Tyrann Mathieu are two guys I think I’ll be hanging out with a lot, especially being a defensive back. The expectations from this class are to be the most productive one that LSU has had with coach Miles, so we are pretty excited for June to go ahead and get here.”

Movies or music… “I definitely do music in my free time. I listen to a little of everything, but hip-hop is my main thing. Baton Rouge has some good artists too. That was actually one thing I already knew about the city before I got into LSU.”

All good in the classroom… “I pulled my ACT up from 19 to 24, and my GPA is at 3.4. With me being fully qualified, there is nothing to worry about. After graduation I will be packing up and headed from Alabama to Louisiana to make my new home.”


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