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#12 Luke Gifford
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 200
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Southeast

A versatile athlete, Luke Gifford is one of two Lincoln Southeast products in Nebraska's 2014 signing class, and one of three homegrown players in this year's class. Gifford joins prep teammate D.J. Foster among Nebraska's signees. The Huskers' three in-state players are the most since NU inked four in-state products in 2011. The 6-3, 200-pound Gifford was one of the state's top players the past two years and was a standout on both sides of the ball for Coach Ryan Gottula at Southeast. As a senior, Gifford guided the Knight offense from the quarterback spot and helped Southeast reach the Class A state playoffs. Gifford passed for 970 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for 742 yards and eight touchdowns. On defense, Gifford starred in the secondary, making 50 tackles with two interceptions and five pass breakups. Gifford was a first-team All-Nebraska defensive back selection by the Omaha World-Herald and also earned Super State accolades from the Lincoln Journal Star. Gifford was also a key performer for the Knights as a junior in 2012, when his play helped Southeast to a 9-2 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals. On offense, Gifford caught seven passes for 125 yards, while also starring in the secondary. He was a first-team Super State selection as a junior, while earning second-team All-Nebraska honors in 2012. Gifford was also a member of the varsity in 2011, when the Knights posted a 12-1 record and captured the Class A state title. Gifford is ranked among the top three prospects in the state by several recruiting outlets, while also ranking among the top 40 athlete prospects in the country by Rivals.com. Gifford has also been a key member of the Knights' basketball teams the past two years. Gifford was the first player to commit to the Huskers' 2014 class, announcing his plans in mid-March of 2013. Gifford did not take any other visits, but had offers from Iowa, Ohio and Toledo among others. Gifford is the son of Sam and Shannon Gifford, and was born on Aug. 28, 1995.

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