Nebraska offers Gifford

Huskers see a lot of potential in Luke Gifford from Lincoln (Nebr.) Southeast. Nebraska offers Gifford as an athlete seeing him either as a safety, linebacker, wide receiver or possibly tight end.

Luke Gifford is the second in-state player to pick up an offer from Nebraska joining Lincoln (Nebr.) Southeast team mate D.J. Foster as the other. Gifford said he literally just got off the phone minutes before talking to

"I got the offer just a few minutes ago from Nebraska," Gifford said. "It feels awesome. I have been waiting for it for a long time."

Gifford is an interesting player on film. You see this long, safety roaming center field and you can see tremendous upside. Nebraska saw that same potential, but whether it's at safety or at another position entirely doesn't matter to them.

"I actually did think that maybe it could happen. They made it pretty clear on junior day that they wanted me, but they weren't sure at which position yet.

"Coach Bo Pelini told me tonight that they wanted me as an athlete. They are really interested in just seeing which position I grow into, didn't really care which one, they just wanted me on the team."

The athlete tag is something that some players dread mostly because some have expectations about where they want to play. Gifford is more open-minded about it though basically allowing the development of his frame to lead the way.

"I really don't mind the athlete tag. I have actually played quarterback since I was little. My sophomore year I started playing safety. I have been skinny though, but I have gained maybe 20 pounds in the last year.

"I am about 195-pounds right now and the expectation is there that I can get to 215-pounds or 220-pounds pretty easily. I am find with safety. I think that it could be a good fit.

"A lot of coaches likes me at outside linebacker too and that could be a good fit. Coach Pelini actually spoke to me about playing tight end like Kyler Reed depending on how I grow."

Being an in-state recruit there is typically a lot of hope being placed on getting an offer from the Huskers. Gifford admits that committing to Nebraska was something that he thought about tonight.

"To be honest I was tempted to pull the trigger right then, but I think that I am going to wait a little bit. I am going to talk things over with my family.

"I want to see if there is a benefit to waiting and what that might be or just pull the trigger and be that first guy in the class. I could take over that Josh Banderas role for the class."

Gifford says that he's known Banderas for a while, playing against him going back to Middle School, and he's someone that he respects. He says that being active recruiting other players is something he would like to do and try to do it as well as Josh did.

"That would definitely be something that I would be interested in. I have looked up to Josh, competed with and against him, and I would look forward to that role that he had. I would only hope to do it as well as he did it last year. That would definitely be something I am interested in."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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