Published Monday, March 11, 2013 AT 7:19 PM / Updated at 7:40 PM
Recruiting: Luke Gifford commits to Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini got his first commit for the 2014 recruiting class delivered in person. Lincoln Southeast safety/tight end Luke Gifford attended Monday’s practice and told Pelini “I’m ready to be in.”

Pelini’s response?

“Welcome to the family,” Gifford said in an interview.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder received an offer last Tuesday, sat on it for a week, and pulled the trigger Monday, figuring that, no matter what schools pursued him, he was sticking with Nebraska.

“I just felt like there were no other schools that could pull me away,” Gifford said.

247Sports has Gifford ranked as a three-star athlete prospect. He’s not yet ranked as a prospect by ESPN, Rivals or Scout. He had offers from Toledo and Ohio.

Gifford said Nebraska sees him at one of three positions: Linebacker; safety or tight end. NU wants him to gain weight for any of the three; Gifford’s goal is to weigh 210 pounds by the start of his senior season at Southeast.

Nebraska obviously wants something else: For Gifford to go to work on recruiting Southeast teammate D.J. Foster, a four-star guard prospect with offers to Florida and Georgia, among others. Foster, whose brother Trey plays tight end for NU, actually accompanied Gifford to practice Monday.

Gifford’s pitch to Foster?

“A lot of people don’t get the chance to play college football with some of their best friends and their brother at the same time,” Gifford said.

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