Interest Growing In Florida DB

The state of Florida is always rich with high major prospects and 2013 appears to be no different. One such player has continued to garner interest from a number of programs including Duke. TDD spoke Austin Logan to get the latest on his recruitment.

"Right now I have an offer from Georgia State," said Tallahassee (Fla.) University School standout Austin Logan. "A number of schools are in contact, however. I hear a lot from Duke, USF, Florida, Ole Miss, Miami, Iowa State, Louisville, Purdue, Clemson, Troy, NC State, Virginia, Alabama, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Stanford, and Northwestern."

Logan, a 6'1, 185 pound defensive back with a 4.59 forty on the books, spent last summer making some local camps in hopes of raising his reputation a bit higher. This brief summer tour included stops at South Florida, Florida, and Troy. At each stop he showed well and earned more interest heading into this year.

"I feel like I'm a complete defensive back. I think my strongest ability is that I'm very physical and I love to come down hill and hit you. However, one thing I learned at camp was that I needed to work at playing off my man and continuing to get more fluid in my hips. I also believe you can always improve your footwork and not rely solely on bing physical with opponents. There's a place in the game to finesse on cover skills."

That realization seems to have sunk in this year as Logan continues to watch the letters, videos, and other such mailings pile up each day.

"I feel like the game has really slowed down a lot this year. As a sophomore starter I felt like I was just thinking too much and trying to not make a mistake every snap. This year, however, I'm trusting what I'm seeing develop and just coming downhill to make plays."

As far as recruiting, the opposite appears to be true. It's actually speeding up as Logan gets more experience.

"I have received invites for Game Day visits from a lot of schools. In addition I get a lot of messages on Facebook from coaches. My mother and father are really helping me keep everything organized and I try to answer all the correspondence within 24 hours."

"If things get too crazy I think we'll set some limits on correspondence and contact. The main thing we'll do is evaluate those schools that are genuinely interested in me against those who have purchased a recruiting list that has my name on it."

The Blue Devils, of course, are hoping to fall into the list of former schools and have been able to enjoy some interaction between the coaches and the player.

"I've corresponded with Jim Knowles from Duke. Their main pitch is Duke's academics, but they are also are talking about the fact they run a 4-2-5 defense that really features the safety position. Duke's recruiting me as a safety. My general thoughts on Duke and Coach Cutcliffe is that it's a program with a coaching staff that has done a good job in building it back. I'm interested in hearing more from them in terms of their future plans and the directions of the team."

Away from the field Logan reports a love of reading and jogging.

"Both allow me to clear my mind. As a youth I participated in a number of Junior Olympics as a long distance runner. I just love to run."

"I also have an interest in sports journalism, so I like to watch and read a lot about sports and recruiting."

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