It’s understood that every good offense begins up front. What is often misunderstood is that sometimes, a good fullback can fill the void in the running game for a mediocre offensive line.
Lifka had spent the majority of his high school career on the defensive side of the ball at linebacker before transitioning to the fullback position in the fourth week of his junior season. It was a move that caught the eye of the LSU staff as they propositioned the 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete with an official scholarship offer.
The LSU overture came as the fifth of Lifka’s recruiting campaign, and according to the three-star prospect, six more programs have offered since the Tigers.
“I have eleven offers right now,” Lifka informed, with the latest offers coming by way of Army, Boston College, Iowa State, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Buffalo and Minnesota. “A lot of schools have stopped by to see me, and some with offers and some without offers. I’ve been involved with my lacrosse team lately, and the only way I’ve been talking with coaches is by calling them or by them coming to see me.”
Lifka believes the hours he has devoted to lacrosse have been time well invested, especially with his progression as a fullback.
“I used to play baseball, but we didn’t do too much running,” Lifka said. “With lacrosse, I’m always running. When I’m playing on offense, I’m trying to find ways to avoid defenders in the open field, kind of like how I would if I were playing football.”
Of the 11 offers, some programs are recruiting Lifka to play on defense, while one program envisions him at fullback at the next level.
“LSU said they are recruiting me as a fullback, but I’m willing to play wherever I can,” Lifka said. “I played fullback for the first time last season, but I enjoy playing on offense and defense. I just love playing football. The coaches can put me wherever they feel is best for the team.”
The interest between the LSU staff and Lifka has evidently grown since the offer. Currently, Lifka speaks with the coaches once a week.
“I talked to coach Wilson last week,” Lifka said. “He was trying to decide which would be the best summer camp for me to go to. I’d like to get a look at LSU again, and also meet with the coaches. Coach Wilson said that this time he wants me to meet his family because the last time I was down there I didn’t get a chance to.”
Lifka said that he walked away impressed after visiting LSU this past March; however, he feels there is still more to see.
“I learned a lot about LSU while I was down there,” Lifka said. “I got a feel for the team chemistry, the coaches and the campus. It put LSU really high up on my list. Since then, I looked online to see what majors LSU offered. I would like to major in Business Entrepreneurship because I wouldn’t mind being my own boss. I think I’m going to try to make it to the June camp because I’d like to get another good look.”
Although LSU appears to be out in front, Lifka claims he will do a little more investigating before eliminating anyone off of his list.
“I’m going to try to research each school a little more, especially the ones that have offered me,” he said. “I know there are still a few offers that are not on the table yet, but I like the ones I have now.
“I’m going to try to have things narrowed down by the end of the summer; but first, I have to decide what summer camps I want to go to. I haven’t gotten to my summer schedule yet, so I’m not exactly sure which camps I will be attending.”