Logan Jones appreciates the position in which he finds himself. He realizes a lot of others would enjoy being in it.
The sophomore offensive lineman boasts three Power 5 scholarship offers. Still, he is keeping that in perspective, planning on life being as normal as possible.
“Right now, I’m just focusing on just enjoying high school and don’t think much about the college stuff. It’s great and all, but I just want to enjoy high school with my friends,” Jones told HN.
Jones (6-3, 240) also is hearing from Nebraska, Notre Dame and other schools. The Council Bluffs Lewis Central standout’s stock is rising. The opportunity from Iowa, a school known for producing top-flight offensive linemen, should cause others to take notice.
“It felt really good getting the offer from Iowa. It always feels good getting an offer because it shows they take time to watch you,” Jones said.
Jones did not grow up rooting for a specific college football program. He paid more attention to the NFL.
That allows Jones to take what he sees in recruiting at face value. He’s not going into it with preconceived notions. Iowa is doing a good job of showing him its best side.
“What stood out to me the most at junior day was that the coaches really showed that they cared about their players and are looking for more than just talent in a kid. They care who they are as a person,” he said.
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Jones said he spent most of his time speaking with coach Kirk Ferentz and assistant Reese Morgan.
“We just talked about everyday things and what it’s like at home and things like that. It wasn’t just football, which was nice,” Jones said.
Though he hasn’t set anything up, Jones said he will be back at Iowa to further his relationship with the staff and learn more about the program.
“I can’t really tell right now where I’m a good fit. There are a lot of aspects I’m looking for in a college and I still have a lot to see,” he said.
“What I look for most in a college is the academic part and how the coaches are with the players. I want to feel comfortable and be able to take care of my academics at the same time.”
A commitment doesn’t appear close for Jones. He’s deliberately approaching his process.
“I haven’t thought much about how my recruitment will play out. I hope things don’t get too crazy, though,” he said.
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Jones blocks for one of Iowa’s top targets in the ’19 class, quarterback Max Duggan. Jim Duggan, Max’s father, is the head coach at Lewis Central.
Southeast Polk running back Gavin Williams is the only other in-state sophomore besides Jones with a Hawkeye offer.
Here’s a look at Jones’ sophomore highlights: