Rock Bridge Senior Anticipates Move to Mizzou Football
COLUMBIA -- The Rock Bridge football team is off to a 3-1 start this season and the Bruins are ranked third in the state in Class 6.
It's hard to hide when you're a 315 pound defensive tackle.
Until recently, Rock Bridge senior A.J. Logan had flown beneath the recruiting radar.
But now number 77 is getting attention, and he couldn't be happier.
A.J. Logan shares the same first name as his head coach, A.J. Ofodile, but the a's and the j's mean something different.
"I don't know what the J is, but the A is Anslum. I probably shouldn't have said that," Logan said.
While A.J. Ofodile is Anslum Junior, A.J. Logan is short for Austin Jamaal, emerging as one of the best defensive linemen in the state.
"To me what makes him special is his agility, his power, he's technically sound and he really understands the game at very high level," Ofodile said.
"Defensive linemen are generally more athletic than offensive lineman," Logan says. "So, it's kind of hard for them to stop it any ways, even if they do know it's coming."
They don't just share a first name, Logan and Ofodile will also share the same alma-mater.
Logan recently verbally committed to play at Mizzou, where coach played in the early 90's.
"When I told him he's like I couldn't be happier to hear that you're going to Mizzou," Logan said.
"I think he's going to be a star," Ofodile said. "I think A.J.'s a potential pro."
"I can't even explain what that feeling was. I was ecstatic. I was happy. I committed right there on the spot. I didn't want to go anywhere else. That was the offer I was waiting on," Logan said.
Logan is 6-foot-2, 315 pounds, and the strongest kid on the Rock Bridge football team.
"500 pound squatter, 300 pound bencher, and I think he's a 300 pound hang cleaner," Ofodile said.
Logan has physical and mental strength, as he's grown up in a difficult family dynamic.
"For what his circumstances have been he could have the excuse to go a different direction," Ofodile said. "He's chosen to go down the right direction. So, I'm pretty excited and proud."
Logan says he wants to some day work as a counselor because he's inspired by his own high school counselor Jane Piester.
"I figure that my counselor here, she's helped me out a lot. Me and her have a real special connection and I figure she helped me out a lot so why not help some other kids," Logan said.
"He's had some adversity that he's had to work through. I've seen kids with similar situations that are a lot different people that what he is," Ofodile said.
What he is, is a future Missouri Tiger, exactly what he's always wanted.
"I was born here. I grew up watching Mizzou players. They were like that figure, they're Tigers. They're big, bad hero type dudes. I just wanted to be that," Logan said.
"I think he's just scratching the surface of what he can be," Ofodile said.
Coach Ofodile says Logan reminds him of former pro's named Lional Dalton and Hollis Thomas.
John Stull in 2006 is the last Rock Bridge football player to sign at Mizzou.
Logan also had offers from Memphis and Northern Illinois before committing to Missouri.