Path to NFL, fan traditions among reasons why Lewis Central star Logan Jones committed to Iowa

Path to NFL, fan traditions among reasons why Lewis Central star Logan Jones committed to Iowa
Logan Jones (World-Herald News Service)

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Iowa wasn’t the first school to offer Logan Jones.

The Hawkeyes, however, made the greatest impression on him.

The Council Bluffs Lewis Central junior and three-star prospect informed the Iowa staff on Sunday that he will accept its offer to continue his football career with the Hawkeyes in the fall of 2020.

“Iowa came to visit me a lot,’’ the 6-foot-3, 252-pounder said. “Their coaching staff, I love them. They’re really good at what they do. They’ve been there a long time. They know the process and they know how to win.’’

Jones earned first-team all-state honors in Class 3-A last year by the Iowa Print Sportswriters Association at defensive lineman, ranking third in his class with 22 solo tackles for loss among his 49 total stops from the tackle position.

Minnesota was the first to offer Jones, in August of 2017. Iowa State followed about a month later, and then Iowa joined the group about a year ago. He took multiple unofficial visits to all three schools. Nebraska, Notre Dame and Kansas State were among others who also showed interest.

247Sports considers Jones to be the third-best 2020 prospect in the state of Iowa, and the No. 33 defensive tackle prospect in the country.

Iowa defensive line coach Reese Morgan was Jones’ primary recruiter. He had high praise for Morgan and the entire program.

“I’ve felt comfortable with Iowa for a long time,’’ he said. “I could just feel that that was the place for me.’’

Jones also starred at left offensive tackle last season for the Titans, but he said he’ll likely play defense in college. He said he isn’t sure if we will wind up at tackle or end. He played some end as a sophomore.

“I enjoy playing end more, but tackle can be fun, too,’’ Jones said. “It just depends what type of game we’re in.’’

Jones is a multi-sport standout. He placed second in the Class 4-A shot put (57 feet, 2¾ inches) at the state meet last year and fifth in the discus (172-0). He’s a starter on the Titan basketball team which has clinched a share of the Hawkeye Ten Conference championship, averaging 6.3 points per game.

But he’s known since the eighth grade that football was his calling card.

“Just growing up, seeing all the people come out of Lewis Central and playing college football, I was like, ‘That’s what I want to do,’’’ he said.

Jones said he’s looking forward to earning his way onto the field at Kinnick Stadium.

“I’ve imagined playing in front of their fans and everything,’’ he said. “The Wave after the first quarter. Everything down there is awesome, so I can’t wait to move in.’’

The 3.2 student understands the reputation the Hawkeyes have for sending linemen into the NFL. He said that was partly responsible for his decision.

“That’s my dream and everything,’’ he said. “That would be really cool for me to do, but I’m just trying to focus on my education and trying to develop through college, and we’ll see where that takes me.’’

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