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A.J. Logan to Missouri: Late-bloomer finds opportunity at his dream school

Name A.J. Logan
Position DT
Height, Weight 6'0, 315
City (School) Columbia, MO (Rock Bridge)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.5)
Rating (ESPN) *** (Grade: 72), No. 91 DT
2013 Depth Chart The late bloomer certainly has the requisite size to make a quick impact, but one must wait and see if he is polished and/or talented enough to warrant early playing time.
2014 Depth Chart After a year in the weight room, taking off some pounds and replacing them with good weight, Logan could be a physical force. Again, though, it will come to pure talent. Opportunity exists if he's ready.

"I've gotten a lot stronger and I might have gotten a little bit faster but it's just my overall maturity level," Logan said. "The game has slowed way down and it just seems to come naturally now."

His coach agrees.

"He's obviously got great size but his intelligence and overall understanding of the game has come along," Ofodile said. He understands schemes, he understands the technique. Obviously, there needs to be another step in that at the college level but he's right there."

"Right there," is also a good way to describe how far Logan will be from home when he enrolls at Mizzou. The hometown talent grew up rooting for the Tigers and committed on the spot upon receiving a Tiger offer.

"To me, there are a couple kinds of recruits," Ofodile said. "You get the flavor of the month type where they like the school on a hot streak. Or you have the type of kid that says 'this is my dream school, this is home for me, this is where I always want to be.' Those kids revel in the wins and hurt on the losses. It's not they lost, it's we lost. And A.J. falls into that category."

Like many big men he needs to watch his pad level as he can play tall at times, but does demonstrate the ability to fire out low and keep solid pad level when taking on blocks. While he does not display great initial quicks, he does display some solid flexibility for his size and above average playing strength. He can be active and at times violent with his hands flashing the ability to shoot them and separate and shed. He can finish plays when action is at him, but displays marginal range and short-area change-of-direction. As a pass rusher can come up-field hard and flashes ability to create some push back into the pocket and at times be violent with his weapons and knock blockers aside, but looks best suited as more of a run defender and space eater inside. It is possible that this prospect lands on offense as a guard.