Today, all over Boiler Nation, fans should be rejoicing over more great news about Purdue football recruiting. Reports are saying that yesterday the Boilers locked up yet another solid prospect for the Class of 2013. It looks like Safety Austin Logan from Tallahassee, Florida will don the old gold and black during his college career, and I cannot be more excited about that!
The 6'1", 181 pound defensive back played high school ball for the Florida State University School in Tallahassee, a charter school of 1700 students that is sponsored by Florida State University's College of Education. According to MaxPreps, Austin put up some impressive numbers in his junior season at Florida High School. He racked up 38 total tackles, including 29 solo stops, swiped two picks and returned one for a score, caused five pass breakups, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles as well. That's quite the fat and impressive stat sheet, if you ask me!
I also managed to find some very impressive highlight footage of Mr. Logan on YouTube that should just make Boilermakers even more excited about this guy's arrival next year:
Reports vary as to the nature of Logan's true size (between 180 and 190 pounds) and speed (4.89 to 4.50 40 times), but he has been rated as a three star prospect at Rivals and ESPN. Scout has rated Austin as a two star prospect, but they rave about his coverage skills in man or zone and at Safety or Corner, and they also love his tackling abilities and physical style of play.
Before committing to Purdue, Logan drew offers from many other schools like Indiana, Northwestern, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Utah, so Boilermakers should feel very lucky that our scouts were able to lock him up.
One major thing that really impresses me about Austin is his desire to get a good college education while he is playing college football, and he said in an interview with ESPN's Corey Dowlar that academics played a huge part in his decision to commit to Purdue.
I am very excited to see just how good Austin Logan can be for Purdue and whether he will contribute his talents at Safety or Cornerback. I am also very intrigued about how soon he can be a major factor in our defensive backfield, especially as we are about to lose Josh Johnson, Max Charlot and Chris Quinn--three key players in this area--this next offseason.
While we will have to wait a whole year to find some hard answers to these questions, there is no need for me to wait to say two things. Boiler Up! And Austin Logan, welcome to the fold!