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Lincoln Southeast vs. Lincoln Northeast, 8.25.17

Lincoln Southeast sophomore Isaac Gifford intercepts a pass as Southeast's Kreyton Freauf (front left) and Northeast's Ben Stewart also go for the ball Aug. 25 at Seacrest Field.

It was fast, the way the Nebraska football team's players bounced from one drill to another in practice.

They went whistle-to-whistle as Lincoln Southeast sophomore Isaac Gifford looked on from the sidelines at a recent Nebraska junior day.

"They were never walking or never taking a break," Gifford said. "They were always on the go. It was pretty sweet."

Gifford has been around the Husker program before. Older brother Luke is currently on the Husker roster.

This time he was there for himself, watching how coach Scott Frost handled the practice and how the players responded.

“Just walking out and on the field at (Memorial Stadium) is pretty awesome,” the Knights safety said. "All the tradition Nebraska has and being able to walk out there and look into the stands, even though they are empty, you can just picture it, 90,000 (fans) out there screaming.

"I've grown up in Nebraska my whole life, watching games on TV and seeing it all. It's a dream to walk out in front of 90,000 people."

Gifford, a 6-foot, 175-pounder, took in a lot from the junior day event, including taking notice of who was standing next to him.

“I saw a lot of Nebraska kids there and that kind of stood out to me a lot,” Gifford said. “It kind of gives you an idea of what the new staff wants to do. To bring back in-state kids is one of their priorities, and you can really see it.”

Though Gifford does not have an offer from Nebraska, the soon-to-be Southeast junior has been noticed by the Huskers and others. He already holds an offer from Oregon State and has garnered interest from Iowa State, Notre Dame and South Dakota State.

"Nebraska's obviously very well aware of him with his older brother Luke being down there, and Luke played safety for us as well," Lincoln Southeast coach Ryan Gottula said.

"He's a fantastic kid, very intelligent and going to be a great player, so I would expect a lot of schools to have interest in him."

The recruiting experience is not new to Gifford after watching his older brother go through the process. And if Isaac has a question, he can get some honest brotherly advice.

"He's one of my go-to's, him and my dad," Isaac Gifford said. "They know a lot about it, they've already done it, so I just ask them a bunch of questions."

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