Logan drawing closer to Tigers

With the Tigers on the market for the final prospects to close out the 2009 recruiting season with, Coushatta-native Bennie Logan is beginning to inch closer to LSU.

The Tigers' recruiting class, ranked No. 2 nationally according to Scout.com, is looking to add a few names to their banner class. One prospect left on the board is defensive end Bennie Logan, and the River Ridge-standout is one that the staff is beginning to grow closer to.


"Coach [Les] Miles actually called me up on Sunday to talk to me about everything," Logan said. "He wants me to come in the weekend of Jan. 23. I currently have a visit scheduled to go check out Southern Mississippi that weekend, but I am really thinking about cancelling it so that I can come to LSU and talk with coach.


"It really just comes down to needing to go over to Baton Rouge and meet everyone because LSU is a school that I am seriously considering signing with."


What did the Tigers' head man have to say to the three-star defensive end?


"He told me that he had heard that I had a good All-Star game," Logan said. "Some coaches had told him that I was a real leader out there, and that I really prepared well. Coach let me know that they had not forgotten about me, and that now is the time when I need to come in and sit down and talk things out."


While Logan currently holds a grey shirt offer from the Tigers, he continues to balance scholarship offers from a number of other schools.


"Michigan, Texas Tech and Nebraska are the other schools that are really into me that I am still looking at," he said. "Michigan and Texas Tech have told me that I can get in there and have a chance to play right off the bat. And, coach [Bo] Pelini has told me that he sees me coming in and being a possible starter. That is high praise, so I am very interested in what programs like that can offer me."


Logan took in the Huskers during his official visit in late November.


"It went really well," he said. "It was a nice town, and a lot different than I was expecting it to be. I got a chance to meet all of the staff, and they just made me feel at home. Like I said, Nebraska is a school that wants me to come in and make an impact right away, so I was just feeling it out."


With signing day drawing near, Logan finds himself balancing four teams, Michigan, LSU, Southern Miss, and Texas Tech, with only three weekends remaining until a decision must be made.


"It looks like I am going to have to start making my thoughts known," he said. "More than likely I am going to have to move dates of visits around again so that I can get there to talk with Coach Miles that weekend. Other than that we will just have to wait and see."


What is the main factor left on the table for Logan?


"The thing it comes down to is taking the LSU grey shirt or not, and I think it is a definite option," he said. "I have gone through this and told myself that I wanted to be a part of the 2009 class, but to stay in state and play for LSU I might have to take what they offer me and join the team as a part of the class next year."


With Logan all but eliminating the Tigers from contention over the holiday break, what changes struck a chord with the 6-foot-2, 245-pound prospect?


"LSU has been on and off with me, and that confused me, but Coach Miles has done a good job to bring me back in," he said. "He told me that I am the type of kid who LSU wants, and that deserves to be a part of the Tiger program. That made me realize it didn't matter how I got with the team, it was just about being a part of it.


"I can come in and work my way to a spot on the field, that is no problem," added Logan. "I just had gone through the process thinking I would not take a grey shirt, and now I am really thinking about things. I am going to get down there and do a little something with coach Miles, update him on my grades, and we are going to see where things go."


Note: Logan earned Class 2A All-State honors for the second consecutive year after logging over 100 tackles including 24 for loss and six sacks this past season.


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