June 21, 2011
Four-star Abner Logan hopes to camp
Although Brookline (Mass.) Dexter prospect Abner Logan was rated as a four-star player, the No. 20 outside linebacker and No. 223 overall player in the class of 2012 by Rivals.com; he does not have the luxury of owning double-digit offers like many other Rivals250 prospects. The under-the-radar athlete hopes to change that in the coming weeks.
When The Wolfpacker spoke with Abner last weekend, he had just finished camping at Connecticut and was in Chicago, en route to a camp with a Big Ten program. He is trying to see as many schools that are showing interest as possible and hopes he gets the opportunity to perform at camp in front of NC State's coaches in the future. Although he has just five offers to his name, several other schools are showing interest.
"Recruiting is going well, I've been going to schools that are recruiting me, just so I can get a feel for their campuses and hopefully I'll come to an ultimate decision about where I want to go," the 6-foot-1, 212-pounder said. "I'm slowly but surely going to the schools who are recruiting me.
"I do [hope to get down to NC State in the future]. Hopefully, my father, who does all the finances, will be able to fund me to get down there, but I do plan on going to an NC State camp, definitely."
Recruiting coordinator Jerry Petercuskie is leading the charge for the Red and White, who like Logan as a running back. As a junior, he tallied 40 tackles and seven sacks on defense while totaling 823 yards and eight scores on the ground in seven games. The player doesn't care what position schools like him at, just that they think highly enough of him to tender a scholarship.
"I just want to play," he said. "I'll go on either side of the ball, it really doesn't matter to me. I have more high school experience as an outside linebacker, but I don't think that really affects anything."
Maryland, Syracuse, Florida International, UMass and Towson have extended full rides to Logan and he thinks his recent camp circuit will increase those numbers.
"I think a good performance at camp will give [schools] a better feeling for how I can perform and then they could possibly offer," he said. "I'm going to wait until after I'm done camps to [narrow the list]."
When asked what schools were recruiting him hardest, Logan listed Florida, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, NC State, Stanford, Boston College and UConn. He denies growing up as a fan of any certain program, but did add that he feels an affinity for the SEC.
He also mentioned that several relatives have gone to Boston College, including his father, which has helped him become familiar with head coach Tom O'Brien's accomplishments before coming to NC State.
"I don't know him on a personal level, I haven't talked to him, I'm just familiar with what he's done so far," he said. "They have a great coaching staff, great tradition and I think the coaches are leading them in the right direction."
Logan doesn't expect to make a decision anytime soon.
"I've got to get through these camps and I want to get through my season," he said. "I'll probably wait until signing day."
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