It’s been over a year since quarterback Logan Smothers committed to Nebraska. It can often be easy to overlook that the Nebraska staff has had its signal-caller for the class of 2020 committed since July 26, 2018.
Since Smothers became the first member of the class, he has transferred to (or back to) Muscle Shoals High School. That transition has been smooth since he attended middle school there. It was more of a homecoming for the 3-star (HV Rating: 86.8) dual-threat quarterback.
Last weekend, Smothers led his team to a huge season opening victory 42-3. The future Husker dazzled in the game, accumulating 304 total yards and four total touchdowns. Smothers thought the guys played a great team game. He and his teammates aren’t satisfied and know there is room for improvement.
“I think we can get better all-around,” Smothers said. “We need to get better up front for sure. We need to keep making plays and listening to the coaches. Be coachable. Keeping getting after it in practice. We want to be fast and that’s the big thing. This week we are really working on that. Being fast and getting lined up on the ball.”
Smothers told me that he speaks with quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco every week. And after his big win, he also had a good talk with Coach Scott Frost.
“I talked to Frost recently after the game,” Smothers said. “That’s always good to catch up with him and let him know how I’m doing. He said he watched my highlights and gave me some feedback on that. It’s really good to talk to them and keep building that relationship before I get there. It’s huge to me getting to talk to them.”
Smothers arrives in Lincoln this January as an early enrollee and will join a talented quarterback room. The Alabama native isn’t shying away from competition. There are things to learn from guys like Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey.
“They are competitors,” Smothers said. “That’s one thing I love because that’s me too. I’m excited to get there to compete. But also learn from them and get better. You can’t go wrong with that. I love competition. The big goal is just to get better.”
When Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, the Smothers family will be watching. They are all as excited as any other Husker fan for the season to get underway. Smothers will be taking his official visit to Lincoln on Sept. 28 for the Ohio State game. The trip fires him up.
“I came for the spring game and I got to see the 85,000,” Smothers said. “Getting to see it packed full with everyone there, I’m really excited about that. I’ve been looking forward to that atmosphere in game action. Hopefully it’s College Gameday. I know there is a lot of talk about that. That would just be huge. Then getting to see the coaches, Coach Frost and Coach Verdu. Also, getting to watch the quarterbacks in person. That’s going to be fun, I’m looking forward to it.”
Over the last week, Nebraska has added two commits to the class. Both are offensive players. Smothers is seeing Nebraska’s hard work paying off on the recruiting trail.
“That fires me up a lot,” he said. “The guys we want, we are getting them so that’s huge. Everything is starting to roll now. Things are picking up. We’ve got a group chat with all the commits. So, we all talk back and forth to each other. I think a good bit of us are coming to the Ohio State game for our officials. We are all looking forward to that. Just getting to meet those guys since that’s who we will be around for the next four years.”
The group chat tradition lives on. Perhaps it will lead to the same close connection that formed with the 2019 recruiting class. It sounds like the Ohio State game is the next big bonding event for Smothers’ class.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.