Logan Christopherson's first unofficial visit to a Southeastern Conference school was eye-opening.
A three-star Class of 2017 tight end at Lemont (Ill.) Township High School, Christopherson visited the University of Missouri over the weekend and came away impressed with the Tigers after seeing the school and spending time with head coach Barry Odom, offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley.
“I think one of the biggest highlights was the family atmosphere that Coach Finley, Coach Odom and Coach Heupel all gave off to me,” Christopherson told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “I thought that kind of stuck out the most. Next to that, the facilities. Being the first school I visited in the SEC, it was just phenomenal. It was really very impressive.”
Christopherson’s visit included a look at how the Tigers are planning to use their tight ends in Heupel’s offense.
“They really showed me how they use their tight ends,” he said. “They showed me how they would use me as inline, as an H in the backfield and even spread out wide with packages in their offense. I really liked that. That interests me quite a bit.”
Does he feel like that is a good fit for his skill set?
“From what I’ve done last year, during the season, I think I’m capable of doing all that,” Christopherson said. “What they want me to do, I think I’m capable of doing that.”
“Mizzou is towards the top of my list,” he said.
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What schools are standing out right now?
“I would say Illinois is up there too as well as Iowa State and Western Michigan,” Christopherson said. “But I was very impressed after this weekend visiting Mizzou.”
The potential of playing in the SEC, as well as not being too far from home, is an attractive option for the tall tight end.
“That’s been a huge factor for me so my family can still be able to come and watch me,” Christopherson said. “I really want them to be a part of my next steps and where I want to go to college. That’s a big part. Only being 5 1/2 hours away, that’s capable of doing that. That’s very important.”
Christopherson does not have a timetable for making a decision on his college destination.
“Right now I’m looking forward to the summer,” he said. “I’m scheduled to go to the University of Michigan camp on June 11 and then University of Iowa’s camp June 17. That’s where I stand right now.”