The Final Countdown

The final stages of Antonio Logan-El's recruitment are now underway. Soon, he will site down and evaluate where he will receive his education and play football. But first, he has to make it through the holiday basketball tournament circuit.

The 6-foot-5, 310 pound five-star offensive lineman from Forestville High School in Forestville, Md. recently returned home from a Christmas basketball tournament just outside of Fort Meyers, Fl. to discuss the winding down recruiting process.

"I'm starting to get my ideas together," Logan-El said. "I guess you can call it a quiet time with the coaches not calling and everything. It's been good. I don't feel any stress. I feel I have a good plan and process, and once I make my decision it will be more the merrier."

Logan-El narrowed his list down to six schools, including Maryland, Penn State, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Virginia. He has taken official visits to Maryland, Oklahoma, and Tennessee and has scheduled official visits Florida and Virginia in the coming weeks. Logan-El took an unofficial visit to Penn State for the Ohio State matchup, and also planned to make another unofficial visit to Happy Valley after his official visits. However, due to time constraints, Logan-El said he will not likely visit the Nittany Lions.

"At this point, I don't think I'll be taking any visits, except the University of Florida, due to time," Logan-El said. "[An unofficial visit to Penn State] was something that I was really looking forward to, but for me to do the things at school with my academics and sports, it just wasn't possible."

It is unclear whether Logan-El will make the scheduled official visit to Virginia on January 20. Accordingly, without an additional visit, has Logan-El eliminated Penn State from the mix?

"[Penn State is] still in it as much as any other school," Logan-El said. "I wouldn't say one team has an edge. I can see how people would see that perspective of it from the outside in. I wouldn't say that I'll be ruling them out."

In addition, Logan-El talked about several of Penn State's current commitments from his home state of Maryland, including Navorro Bowman, Aaron Maybin, and Bani Gbadyu. Logan-El Said that he is good friends with the future Nittany Lions.

"I wouldn't' say they're recruiting me, but they're good friends of mine and we talk all the time about anything in general," Logan-El said. "It gives an edge to Penn State for the simple fact that some of my friends are going. It'd be great it I could go with my friends, but what is good for one person, isn't always good for another. As the old saying goes, one man's medicine could be another man's poison."

Logan-El will sit down an evaluate all of the schools in contention based on a 10-component value system he developed throughout his recruiting process. Some of the value elements included in the process are player-coach relationship, level of degree upon leaving college, whether the degree is respected outside of the area, and playing time.

"It's a ten value system," Logan-El said. "The college that fits that system will be the one I am attending."

Originally, Logan-El planned to make his commitment public with an announcement on January 23. However, his plans have changed and now will "most likely" make an announcement on January 26, as he is waiting to finalize an official time and location. Logan-El said that his decision will be televised, possibly from a local news station or covered by ESPN.


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