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
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
What is left for the
“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
“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
“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.”
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