Prior to his departure from Alabama last Saturday, Sam Gibson focused on the task at hand.
“The coaches at LSU told me that if I could come over and perform well, I would have an offer,” he said. “I looked at the weekend as my big chance.”
As he had on a number of occasions for Prattville High last fall, Gibson capitalized on the chance.
“I was riding back home with my coach, and his phone rang,” he said. “It was Coach Miles. He was calling us up to let us know that he and the staff really liked what they had seen from me on video, and that I had tested out just as well.
“They were ready to offer me a scholarship, just like they said that they would,” he added. “They kept their word, so I had to go ahead and give them mine. I was ready to be a Tiger.”
While he threw for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns in his junior campaign, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect will likely end up at one of two other positions in college.
“The LSU staff likes me as a wide receiver or safety,” Gibson said. “They said that they wanted me on board if I was willing to come in and try some things other than quarterback, and I agreed. To be honest, I just want to be a part of the team, and any way I can help out I will.”
From dinner at Tiger Stadium to the Cox Academic Center for Student Athletes, Gibson said that the campus quickly became one of the university’s biggest selling points.
“Everything is so nice, especially the learning environment that they have set up,” he said. “When I saw the Cox Center and looked at the different types of tutoring available, I knew that I was in the right spot.
“I am coming to Baton Rouge for an education first, and I don’t want to be cramped up somewhere not enjoying my studies,” added Gibson, who scored a 19 on the ACT. “I feel real comfortable with how LSU sets things up for you. It will provide me a lot less stress.”
What is left for the three-star?
“I think I am just going to sit back for a bit and enjoy things slowing down,” he admitted. “I will be taking some other visits, but only for the purpose of getting to travel and seeing some schools.
“LSU is where I am going in the end.”
The top talent on one of the nation’s perennial powerhouse programs, Gibson said that in the end, the decision was heavily influenced by his ability to continue his winning ways in Baton Rouge.
“I am going to win a State Championship this fall, and then I am going to get over to LSU and start helping them win some more,” he said. “It just seemed like the perfect fit.”