Abner Logan is a city kid, and he wasn't ready to change.
That's one of the reasons Logan committed to play college football at Maryland instead of North Carolina State on Tuesday night. According to ESPNU, Logan, a linebacker/running back who completed his senior season at the Dexter School last month, was the top uncommitted recruit in Massachusetts.
“I'm a city person and N.C. State didn't have the city feel like Maryland did,” Logan said. “N.C. State seemed to be more of a traditional college town. I just thought I'd be more comfortable at Maryland.”
Logan narrowed his choices to Maryland and N.C. State earlier this month, and took an official visit to each school. Northwestern rounded out Logan's top three.
According to Dexter School coach Casey Day, the NCAA has been slow in processing some of Logan's academic paperwork, and that prevented him from taking an official visit to Northwestern.
“Maryland and N.C. State wanted an answer before Christmas,” Day explained. “Northwestern has a policy where they don't allow you to take an official visit until you have been accepted to the school. With the deadline and because Northwestern has higher academic standards, waiting any longer could have been risky.”
ESPNU has Logan rated as a three-star inside linebacker, and the No. 3 recruit from Massachusetts in the Class of 2012. He is expected to play one of the linebacker positions for Maryland. N.C. State was recruiting him as a running back.
Logan said the opportunity to play running back in college was tempting.
“It was, but I'll have a chance to play right away [at Maryland] depending on how well I learn the system,” Logan said.
Logan rushed for 1,113 yards and 18 touchdowns in eight games last season. He also made 42 tackles, recorded 10 sacks and intercepted two passes.
Keith Dudzinski, Maryland's inside linebackers coach, recruited Logan. Dudzinski is familiar with the Massachusetts football landscape from his days as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts.
“I talked to Dudzinski [Tuesday night) and he's really happy to have him,” Day said. “Maryland was one of the places that gave him a scholarship without making him come to camp.
“It sounds like he may have a chance to compete for some playing time next year because that's where they are numbers-wise at linebacker. He's not a guy who's definitely gonna come in and redshirt.”
Logan spent two years at the New Hampton (N.H.) School before transferring to the Dexter School before his junior year. In addition to scholarship offers from Maryland, N.C. State and Northwestern, Logan landed offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Florida International, Massachusetts and Syracuse.
Day said N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien and Maryland coach Randy Edsall both visited Logan last week. Miami and Nebraska also showed late interest but neither made a scholarship offer.
“He grew up in the city and then he spent two years at New Hampton, so he was pretty sure he wanted to stay in the city to go to school,” Day said. “I don't think that was a factor until he had to choose between two schools. He got a taste of southern football. It's a different beast down there.”
Logan also said he was impressed with Maryland's business school. The fact that he has friends and relatives who live near Maryland's College Park campus also worked in Maryland's favor, Logan said.
“He saw what Edsall did building up UConn –- a program he's familiar with –- and that had to carry some weight,” Day said. “With the fertile recruiting ground Maryland has Abner figured he could do the same thing down there.”
Maryland was the fourth school to make Logan a scholarship offer. He took an official visit there on Dec. 9.
“It was a really good visit overall,” Logan said. “I felt comfortable when I left.”