Senior Luke Gibson has played on Clark’s football and basketball varsity teams since he was a freshman.
Gibson, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 220 pounds, has been a first-team all-district selection in football and basketball the last two seasons. Gibson was voted District 28-6A newcomer of the year his freshman season in basketball.
In football, Gibson primarily plays receiver. In July, he made a commitment to play football at Princeton, where he is expected to be a tight end.
E-N: What are your goals for your senior seasons in football and basketball?
“For this upcoming football season, definitely our main goal is to win a district championship and get a gold ball. I know we lost to Churchill (last Thursday), but we played hard and we saw some good things. In basketball, the same. District championship and deep run in the playoffs.”
E-N: What advantages do you have with your height in football?
“Most corners aren’t really above 6-1. With my size advantage, I can really go up and get that jump ball, and I’m a lot heavier than those guys, so I can usually muscle them.”
E-N: You are going to be a four-year letterwinner in two sports. What do you think about that distinction?
“Obviously, it’s an honor. But, I can’t say enough about the coaches who have put me in that position.”
E-N: What was it like being a freshman in two sports at the varsity level?
“It was quite the experience. It was a rude awakening going from eighth grade to being a freshman on varsity. It was really good to have those older guys around you to look up to as role models.”
E-N: How difficult is it to make the transition from football to basketball?
“It’s pretty quick. Usually after our last football game, the next week, it’s basketball season. … It takes me a few weeks to get into the swing of things in basketball. But, after that, I’m pretty good to go.”
E-N: How did you get on Princeton’s radar?
“I filled out one of their recruiting questionnaires in the spring. A few hours after I filled it out one of their coaches contacted me and started asking me for my (entrance exam) scores and I started that relationship. They offered me in May.”
E-N: When you found out there was that kind of interest in you from Princeton, what did you think?
“It was amazing. Princeton and the Ivy Leagues have been dream schools of mine. Untouchable schools. And I was ecstatic. My whole family was.”
E-N: What is it about the Ivy League that is appealing to you?
“The elite academics it can provide and set you up for your future. It’s great football, too. Jason Garrett played there. Princeton also has a tight end in the NFL (Seth DeValve with the Browns).”
E-N: What are some of the biggest misconceptions you think Ivy League football has?
“I feel like people think it’s a bunch of slow, smart guys who aren’t athletic. But, really, they are athletes. If you watch a game, you’ll be able to tell.”
E-N: What challenges will being a student-athlete at Princeton present?
“Balancing school work with athletics is going to be tough. But, I’ve been doing it for four years at Clark, so I don’t think it will be too much of an adjustment. Obviously, it will be a little tougher.”