It’s not every day that a prospect is willing to drive 13 hours so he can commit to a staff in person. However, that’s exactly what Smothers wanted to do alongside his entire family. The Athens, Ala., prospect felt a special bond to the Nebraska staff and football program, leading him to kickstart the 2020 class.
Smothers' dad, Shane, found the whole situation a little ironic. He and his son followed Central Florida closely this year. Shane also grew up at the same time as coach Scott Frost, so he knew all about him from his own playing days. Logan had fallen in love with Central Florida’s offense this past fall. When Frost took the Nebraska job, it caught Logan's attention and he asked his dad for a favor.
Shane, who also happens to be the associate head football coach and offensive coordinator at Athens High School, made the call.
“All of a sudden, May rolls around and a lot of schools are coming through visiting our school," Shane told Hail Varsity. "[Defensive coordinator Erik] Chinander is the one that came by and he got the ball rolling. He sent film to [quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco] and those guys at Nebraska and within a week or two coach, Verdu made the call. He wanted to put the offer out on Logan.
"You should have seen it, Logan was on cloud nine. That was pretty neat with it happening that way after he made the comment about me calling Nebraska.”
Shane wanted to make sure Logan was comfortable going 13 hours away from home, though. Logan, who his family calls "very smart and matrue," had the blessing to go wherever he wanted regardless.
If Logan was serious about his interest in Nebraska though, they’d have to make a visit early in the summer. Shane wanted his son to see if he could see himself in Lincoln. They made the trip together on Shane's birthday, June 12, which left a big impression on the Smothers.
“How they treated him that day, it just makes a kid feel special," Shane said. "On top of that, it makes a kid feel wanted. You can tell it’s very sincere and genuine on their part. When we left, we had already told a few schools that we would go and visit them. After that Nebraska trip, Logan told me he didn’t think we had to go on any other visits because he loved Nebraska.
"Now again, we got to know what’s out there. So, we still went on those trips but throughout the whole time, Coach Verdu and I stayed in contact and me and Coach Chin. After three or four weeks, [Logan] came to me and said, 'Dad, I want mom and the rest of the family to see Nebraska. They need to see what I think I want for my college career.’”
Logan’s mom, Amy, was all for making the family trip. The relationship that first started in May when Chinander came to Alabama, to Verduzco making the offer and Nebraska getting that early visit set Nebraska apart for Logan. On Thursday, the staff made sure to show the family anything that they may have not seen before. The staff was very open and wanted to make sure everything was out open on the table.
“It was a great day," Shane said. “It ended in an awesome way in Coach Frost’s office. Logan told him he was ready to do it. Logan is very humbled and blessed to be their 2020 quarterback since they are taking one. He told Coach he wants to make it the best 2020 class in the country and is ready to get started."
When Logan informed the staff of the decision, he remembers shaking with excitement. He was never worried about his family likeing Nebraska, but it was still positive to have everyone's questions answered, including Amy's.
Now that the weight of the decision is off his shoulders, Logan is ready to help shape the 2020 recruiting class.
“That was a big thing for me getting to take on that role as a leader," Logan said. "I want to win a national championship at Nebraska so I want to take on that role to help get guys here in order to do that. I’m going to do whatever it takes.
"I’m a winner.”
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.