'Up to me to make him proud': Hoover football dynamo Drew Logan hopes to honor his Uncle Jud's memory at Cincinnati

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Hoover’s Drew Logan recovers a GlenOak fumble on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.
Hoover’s Drew Logan recovers a GlenOak fumble on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.
Jud Logan (left) hugs his nephew Drew following his final Hoover High School football game, a 2021 OHSAA playoff loss.
Jud Logan (left) hugs his nephew Drew following his final Hoover High School football game, a 2021 OHSAA playoff loss.

Hoover football dynamo Drew Logan had no way of knowing Jud Logan wouldn't be there for the announcement.

He takes comfort in knowing his uncle was there for the decision.

Drew formally accepted an invitation to join the University of Cincinnati football program as a preferred walk-on, two weeks after four-time Olympian Jud died of COVID-related complications from pneumonia.

Drew Logan spent Thanksgiving with 31 members of the Logan family at the home of another uncle, former Ohio State football captain Jeff Logan. This was before Jud fell ill.

Drew Logan, 4, of Hoover tries to run past Vincent Galvin, 47, of Green during their game at Green on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.
Drew Logan, 4, of Hoover tries to run past Vincent Galvin, 47, of Green during their game at Green on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

"We had a talk about recruiting there ... Uncle Jud, Uncle Jeff and me," Drew said.

"Cincinnati came up. Uncle Jud asked me, 'Would you rather go to a smaller D-I school, or go to Cincinnati as a 'PWO?'

"With no doubt in my mind, I said, 'Cincinnati.' After Uncle Jud passed, that moment kept replaying in my head. It's up to me to make him proud."

Hoover defensive end Drew Logan closes in on Jackson quarterback Hunter Geissinger during an Oct. 22, 2021 high school football game North Canton's Memorial Stadium.
Hoover defensive end Drew Logan closes in on Jackson quarterback Hunter Geissinger during an Oct. 22, 2021 high school football game North Canton's Memorial Stadium.

Cincinnati had its greatest season in 2021, going 13-0 before falling to Alabama in the national semifinals.

Logan helped Hoover to the 2021 Federal League championship. The Vikings' 9-3 season included an eight-game win streak that ended with a 14-10 playoff loss to Green.

Hunter Geissinger, 17, of Jackson is sacked by Drew Logan, rear, of Hoover during their game at Hoover on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
Hunter Geissinger, 17, of Jackson is sacked by Drew Logan, rear, of Hoover during their game at Hoover on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.

He was part of one of the region's better defensive fronts, tying Mike Shimek with a team-high 13 sacks and finishing second to Shimek (25) in tackles for loss, with 18. Logan also played tight end and some running back, scoring seven touchdowns as a ball carrier.

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"He was definitely one of those kids who could change a game," said one opposing head coach, GlenOak's Scott Garcia. "When you were on offense in the passing game, you had to account for him, chip him or double team him. He was kind of relentless."

Logan had a strong sophomore year, lost most of his junior year to injury, and came back strong as a senior.

Drew Logan of Hoover reacts after scoring a touchdown during their game at Green on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.
Drew Logan of Hoover reacts after scoring a touchdown during their game at Green on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

"His ability was evident early on in his sophomore year," Hoover head coach Brian Baum said. "He had a confidence about him as a senior. He worked really hard in the weight room. He went out and played with reckless abandon."

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Ron Blackledge, a former 10-year assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers, caught several of Logan's games last season.

"He played with his hands very well," Blackledge said. "He runs very well. He can play multiple positions. Cincinnati is probably a good fit. Luke Fickell is a good coach who's done a good job with the program."

Drew Logan, top, of Hoover recovers the fumble of Amarion Williams, bottom, of McKinley during their game at Hoover on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
Drew Logan, top, of Hoover recovers the fumble of Amarion Williams, bottom, of McKinley during their game at Hoover on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.

Scholarships are hard to come by amid COVID and transfer-portal issues. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Logan is betting on himself in going the preferred-walk-on route,

"I'm that type of guy that's going to earn a scholarship and earn the way into the rotation," he said. "I don't know when that's going to be, but my goal is to win a spot and to play on Saturday.

"I'm a team player. Anything you need me for, I'll do it."

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Hoover’s Drew Logan takes a shot against Shaker Heights, Saturday, May 22, 2021. (Bob Rossiter / Special to The Canton Repository)
Hoover’s Drew Logan takes a shot against Shaker Heights, Saturday, May 22, 2021. (Bob Rossiter / Special to The Canton Repository)

Logan, a standout in lacrosse, too, had an offer for that sport that included some athletic-scholarship money at Marquette. Despite the athletic money, he said Marquette, located in Milwaukee, would have been more expensive than Cincinnati. And he wanted to play football anyway.

He had the time of his life playing football for Hoover in 2021.

"It was a really fun year," he said. "It was a little sour of an ending. We weren't ready to be done. But props to Green for getting how far they did."

Logan loved his sport that was in season, up to the point of having to decide between football and lacrosse for college.

Hoover's Drew Logan runs for a touchdown during their game against McKinley at Hoover on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
Hoover's Drew Logan runs for a touchdown during their game against McKinley at Hoover on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.

"Football gives me a different type of energy and connectedness," he said. "It's been in my blood. I've watched Hoover football and football in general my whole life.

"Choosing to pursue football in college wasn't that hard of a decision."

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This article originally appeared on The Repository: Drew Logan a preferred walk-on for Cincinnati Bearcats football

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