Today we profile the second of two exciting redshirt freshmen linebackers.
Abner Logan, Freshman (RS), Inside Linebacker, #46
Collegiate Stats: N/A
High School Stats: 43 tackles (nine for a loss), ten sacks, two interceptions (one for a touchdown), 1,118 yards rushing, 18 touchdowns
Recruiting Ratings: Four stars by Rivals (#3 in Mass., #24 OLB), 24/7 (#233 overall, #4 in Mass., #29 OLB), three stars by Scout (#50 OLB), ESPN (#3 in Mass., #28 ILB)
High School: Dexter
Hometown: Cambridge, Mass.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Massachussets isn't exaclty a high school football haven, but Abner Logan still managed to burst onto the national scene. He was one of the most gifted athletes in the state by far, with a rare combination of size, speed, and strength, and was one of only five four-star prospects in the entire state
Logan was down to Maryland, North Carolina State and Northwestern, but made two visits to Maryland and reportedly loved them both. His primary recruiter was linebacker coach Keith Dudzinski, and Logan cited family in the area and the business school at College Park as his primary reasons for becoming a Terp.
Logan was named All-State at running back as a senior, and also was on the baseball and track teams. Last year, he redshirted, and was named scout team defensive player of the week once.
Scout team defensive player of the week last year? I don't know, whatever he does this year, most likely.
Logan solidifies his spot as the third inside linebacker, getting plenty of playing time off the bench and setting himself up for a future starting position.
Abner Logan is second on Maryland's depth chart at one of two inside linebacking positions (a reminder that this is our second year in the 3-4). The two starters, L.A. Goree and Cole Farrand, are upperclassmen with good skill sets and a history of productivity within the program - in other words, unlikely candidates to be unseated from their starting spots. What that means for Logan is a probable place as a back-up for the next two years, before stepping in for the starting job for his last two seasons at school.
That's not necessarily a bad thing - as there are two inside linebackers for Maryland, and the scheme depends heavily on them, there will be some considerable rotation, meaning Logan and some of the other back-ups that we've profiled (and one we haven't) will get time on the field.
As a four-star prospect coming in to the program last year, Logan had quite a bit of expectation on his shoulders. As a prospect from Massachusetts, he also didn't have much experience playing against top-level talent (although it needs to be said that he destroyed everyone he faced). With all the injuries and problems Maryland faced last year, it was a bold move to decide to keep Logan on the sidelines, but in all likelihood it will pay off in four years time with an excellent senior year. For now, look for Logan to come in to spell Farrand or Goree, and perhaps even on special teams - he's big enough for the inside, but fast enough to play just about anywhere.
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