Louisiana Defensive Prospect Snags NU's Interest

If your team is looking for an athlete who can not only play both safety positions but also several if not all of the linebacker positions, you may be in luck. Nebraska has identified such an athlete and the Louisiana prospect is providing some pretty impressive numbers thus far. Find out what he's looking for in a potential school and if NU fits the bill.

Troy Giddens presents a very tantalizing prospect for several defensive coordinators around the country.  The S/LB prospect stands 6' 0" weighing in at 205 pounds and runs an impressive 4.31 40 yard dash.  He benches 305 pounds while squatting 565 pounds and cleaning 315 pounds.  He holds a 3.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale and scored a 16 on the ACT as a sophomore which he plans to re-take in the future.

Last year, he tallied a mind-boggling 171 tackles (73 solo) along with 4 sacks and two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns, from his SAM Linebacker spot.  He garnered First-Team All-District honors for his efforts and currently holds offers from UCLA, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Texas A&M while Auburn and LSU remain heavily interested.  He claims no favorites and cites his strengths as his ability to flow to the football along with his natural athleticism and sideline-to-sideline ability.

Currently, the relationship with Nebraska and Troy seems pretty solid according to him, "They send me mail maybe once or twice a week. Coach Jay Norvell gave me his phone number but I've been getting his voice mail.  Next time I call back, I'll leave a message for him," he said.

Giddens has been on a few unofficial trips attending the spring games of LSU and Ole Miss along with the LSU junior day.  He is still going through his research regarding officials and has not come to a decision on any as of yet. 

In terms of making a decision on committing, Giddens reports that he believes the season itself will be kind to him, so he's going to play things cool.  "I was thinking about after the season and I know during the season all of the scouts are going to be out there looking at me so I don't know if I'm going to make it in the middle of the year," he said.  Giddens said most likely he would commit by December or January.

When it comes to the big factors necessary for a school to garner his commitment, Troy is interested in a place where he can excel both academically and athletically.  "What mostly sticks out is the academics and winning program.  I think I'm going to have a double major in business and sports medicine," he said.  Giddens also said he was very interested in the academic support that his future school offers. 

In terms of playing time, Giddens says that he'd like to contribute as a freshman if possible and then hopefully he can excel for the remainder of his career.

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