On Saturday, the Missouri Tigers hit the daily double with a 62-10 win over Southeastern Louisiana and a verbal commitment from 2013 DT prospect A.J. Logan 6'2" 311 Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge. On Sunday, Logan took a few minutes to visit with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he gave us the story on his Missouri offer and verbal commitment.
"I'm locked in, sure thing, not going to change for nothing," said Logan, when I asked him if he's solidly committed to Missouri.
I've seen Logan working hard at several Missouri camps over the years, and he entered his senior season as one of the top defensive linemen in the state. During the first two games of his senior season, Logan has demonstrated a significantly elevated level of play. To put it succinctly, he's been dominant! And, he's been dominant against two of the better teams in the state, and against some high-level offensive linemen. The Missouri staff had taken notice.
Rock Bridge Head Coach A.J. Ofodile told Logan on Thursday that the Missouri staff wanted him to be there a little early on Saturday. When he arrived, he had a conversation with Coach Pinkel.
"Coach Pinkel came up and talked to me, and he offered me a scholarship," said Logan. "And, I committed on the spot!"
"Coach Pinkel said that he had watched my film and that they liked it," said Logan. "He said that they wanted me to be a part of the Missouri family. He was telling me that at Mizzou they work hard and that they're a family environment. And, that's true! They really are a family environment. And he said that he wants me to come up there and work hard and be great. And that's what I plan on doing."
Logan said that he already knew that Missouri was his school of choice.
"I knew in my heart that I wanted to stay home and go to Mizzou," explained Logan, who said that he received congratulations from his high school coaches and other 2013 Missouri commits.
It's clear that Logan has gotten himself into better shape, and he has improved his overall athleticism. Logan talked about his renewed work ethic during this past off-season.
"I did the work during the off-season," explained the seventeen year-old. "I put in the time during the off-season, and it paid off. We were doing the same things, but I just took it more to heart, and more serious. We were just doing our drills, and I just worked harder at them."
Logan reported a 5.2 forty, a 25" vertical jump, and a personal best of 325 pounds in the bench press. He said that he regularly does three sets of ten in the bench press at 225 or more pounds and listed lift maxes in the squat of over 500lbs, 300lbs in the power clean and 500lbs in the deadlift.
Logan said he had offers from Memphis and Northern Illinois, and that several schools had been showing recent increased interest.
"I'm done! I am done," said Logan, talking about his recruitment. "I'm staying home! I love Mizzou football! It was always the plan for me to stay home."
ShowMeMizzou.com will have more on A.J. Logan later.
Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge DT A.J. Logan has been on a terror his first two games of his senior season, and it did not go unnoticed by the Missouri Tiger coaching staff as they extended an offer to him on Staurday. Nor did it take long for him to decide the Black & Gold was for him.