Lower Alabama sleeper likes two

Last week Vanderbilt added a pair of 2006 football commitments from the Southern portion of the state of Alabama, and the Commodore staff soon may be in position to land a third.

Senior running back / linebacker Kikko Logan (6-3, 200) of Elba High School has reportedly received an offer from Vanderbilt, and a commitment may be eminent. Logan, a true "sleeper" prospect not well known among recruiting gurus, is nonetheless well known to Assistant Coach Charlie Fisher, who recruits the area for Vanderbilt.

"Kikko has run as fast as 4.57, and usually runs between 4.57 and 4.6," said Elba coach Scott Rials. "Vanderbilt likes him as a linebacker. It's going to come down between Vanderbilt and Troy for him, and both of them think he will make a great college linebacker."

Logan played the weakside linebacker position for Elba, but the Commodore staff has evaluated him closely and thinks he might play in college as an athletic middle linebacker.

"As a linebacker, Kikko has great closing speed," Rials said. "He has great reaction time. He gets to the ball very fast. Vanderbilt wants to beef him up, probably add 25 pounds on him and play him in the middle.

"He was our second-leading tackler on the team this year, and in addition to that intercepted three passes. He ran one of those back for a touchdown. He is big and fast, which is exactly what they like in the college game."

Logan made a name for himself as a running back on the offensive side of the ball as well, Rials said.

"We ran him out of a one-back offense, and he and a junior pretty much alternated on all the carries. Last year Kikko [pronounced KEE-ko] ran for over 1,000 yards, but this year he had some injuries and only wound up with about 700. He caught about 20 balls out of the backfield for about another 300 yards. I think he wound up with 12 touchdowns this year, and had about 15 last year."

On special teams, "[Kikko] ran some kicks back for us. He's just an all-around steady player." Logan is an "A" student who is already academically qualified, Rials said.

Elba, which finished 5-6 this season and lost in the playoffs to still-undefeated Southern Choctaw, boasts several other Division I-A prospects. LaRay Williams (5-10, 190), a wide receiver who visited Vanderbilt unofficially for the LSU game in October, is expected to choose soon between Southern Miss and Jackson State. Quarterback / defensive back Brandon Kelley (5-10, 200) has a number of major college offers, but has yet to qualify academically under NCAA guidelines.

Last week Vanderbilt obtained non-binding verbal commitments from Marquez Hall, a speedy defensive back from Tuskegee (Booker T. Washington High School), and Justin Green, a tight end / defensive end from Troy (Charles Henderson High School).

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