Signee Update: T.J. Logan

BURLINGTON, N.C. --- Not one to stare at his trophy case, North Carolina signee T.J. Logan was unaware of the company he joined when he was named the male winner of the 2013 NCHSAA Athlete of the Year Award.

When it was brought to his attention that previous winners included Chester McGlockton and Julius Peppers, Logan, a 5-foot-10, 170-pounder from Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford, was astonished.

"Oh, that's some big names definitely," Logan said. "Anybody in the NFL, they've put in some hard work to get there. Any time you can be mentioned with them it's an honor."

Logan says the award will probably mean more to him when he's able to look back on his high school career.

"It's just a great honor to get all your hard work recognized," Logan said. "It's something that I can carry with me forever. It's a team honor, also, because they helped me get that. It's a big achievement for all of us."

When he was escorted to Chapel Hill last Thursday, Logan was never told the reason.

"[My coaches] wouldn't tell me," Logan said. "We just went and when they named the award and they started naming stats, I knew it was me."

The stats that were named spanned three sports – football, basketball, and track-and-field. He helped Northern Guilford to three consecutive championships in football, including rushing for 3,146 yards last fall and earning the Most Valuable Player Award in the title game when he rushed for championship game records of 510 yards and eight touchdowns. He was also named Mid-State Conference Player of the Year in football.

In basketball, Logan was a three-time All-Mid-State Conference selection. He was a runner up for Mid-State Conference Player of the Year as a senior after averaging 15.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game.

"I feel like it's been a great career, but I obviously have more to come," Logan said. "So I just can't get happy with what I've got."

After winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes with times of 10.66 and 22.02 seconds, respectively, in the Mideast Regional Track Meet on Saturday, Logan's focus is the NCHSAA 3A State Track and Field Meet on May 11. At the State Meet, he'll be defending his 200-meter crown.

"I definitely want to get the 200 again and I want to get the 100 back, because I didn't do so well in that because I didn't use blocks," Logan said. "I'm using blocks this year, so it's gotten a little easier.

"I felt like I had a good day [on Saturday]. I felt like it was one of the best days I've had, because I just felt good for some reason – I got some good sleep."

Despite an obviously hectic sports schedule, Logan has found time to keep up with his UNC primary recruiter, Chris Kapilovic.

"Coach Kap and I, we [direct] message [on Twitter] all the time," Logan said. "It's cool. I like Coach Kap – that's my man."

The UNC coaching staff isn't exactly sure how Logan will be used within its offense.

"I think they're going to wait until I get on campus to see what I'm good at and what I'm not good at," Logan said. "They said running back and some slot [receiver]. They want me running jet sweeps. They are going to try to get me in space. Ryan Switzer and I, it's going to be good."

Additionally, Logan will try out for return duties.

"They said they want me to do punt return, but I would rather do kick return," Logan said. "Kick return is easier. I feel like kick return, it's coming to you regardless."

Logan is hopeful he's able to wear his high school number into his UNC career.

"They said No. 8 might be there, so I'd love to continue to wear that," Logan said. "But if I get any single digit, I'll be happy with that. [Single digits] just look smooth for some reason. Sometimes you have to have swag out there and the single digit will help that.

Since his sophomore season, Logan has donned No. 8.

"When I first got it, I didn't like it, because Coach [Johnny] Roscoe, he let the seniors pick first," Logan said. "But after playing with it, it grew on me."

Logan, who is undecided on a major, says that he is qualified according to the NCAA Clearinghouse thanks to a recent taking of the ACT.

"Coach Kap is proud of me about that," Logan said.

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