Shrine Bowl Notebook

T.J. Logan

UNC commit T.J. Logan helped Northern Guilford win a state title over the weekend and he is one of the stars playing in the 2012 Shrine Bowl.

Logan's Not Looking for Attention

Northern Guilford won their third straight state title over the weekend and they were led by four-star running back T.J. Logan.

He ran for 510 yards on 28 carries and he scored 8 touchdowns. He averaged 18.2 yards per carry in the game and he had a hard time believing his own numbers.

"At first, when I was playing, I could not believe the numbers. The offensive line blew people up for me all night, so I had some big holes to run through, so I ran behind them," Logan said.

"I feel like that any time I get in the open field that I should not be caught. I had over 300 yards against Dudley earlier in the season, so when I saw I had over 500 yards in the championship game, I really could not believe it."

If that one game is not impressive enough, Logan had 3,152 yards rushing and 52 total touchdowns.

The speedy back is committed to North Carolina and he likes how he fits into their offense.

"The offense UNC runs will allow me to have fun and to do so many different things. I do not want to be a one dimensional player, so I know I will be able to run the ball, catch the ball, and do a lot there."

Logan is excited about where Larry Fedora has the Tar Heels going.

"We have a good group of players coming in with this class and they have some good players coming back, so I like the future there. I think we are only going to get better in the next couple of years."

Signing Day Decision?

It was three, now two for Tyrone Crowder, and it will be one eventually, but it does not look like it will be to that any time soon.

"I feel like I need to go to Clemson or Georgia," Crowder said. "It is nothing against North Carolina, but I kind of eliminated them about a week or so ago.

"Clemson and Georgia have both been with me through the whole recruiting process and I have really gotten to know the coaches there well."

When asked about Clemson, Crowder said, "It is a great program and they run a very versatile offense. I have been there and I like it too.

So what about the Dawgs?

"It is a powerhouse team in the SEC and I really like their campus. I like the coaches there too, especially Coach [Mark] Richt."

The Scout100 offensive guard out of Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond is in no rush to make his decision.

"It is probably going to be on Signing Day. I have not set up any visits, but I plan to visit both schools before I commit."

Lewis had to be Selfish

At The Opening, Tyquan Lewis talked about doing what is best for him, but that he felt pressure to stay close to home.

Since that event in July he has committed to Ohio State and he knows he made the right decision.

"I had to do what is best for me. It is my personal decision and after weighing things, I knew Ohio State was the school for me. It is established, they are on the rise, and Urban Meyer is a great coach, so a lot of things helped me pick them," Lewis said.

The 6-foot-4, 230 pound defensive end out of Tarboro, N.C. could play with his hand in the dirt or standing up, and he expects to a little of both in Columbia, Ohio.

"I will play their 'Viper' position. I will be moving around some and do what I am doing out here at the Shrine Bowl. I will be rushing the passer and doing a lot of different things. It will be different, but I am already working on it, and it will eventually be easy for me."

He picked the Buckeyes over LSU and North Carolina and he has been resting easy since.

"Oh yeah, I know I made the right decision. My mind is made up, I am happy about my choice, and I excited about my future there."

Gilmore's Growing

As a junior, LSU commitment Greg Gilmore played around 265-270 pounds, but as a senior, he played at 290 pounds.

He has added good weight and he feels it has really helped him as a defensive lineman.

"Being 290 pounds is a great weight for me and I feel great. It has helped me against the double teams, I can push a little better, and I just feel better. It is really going to help me going into LSU too," Gilmore told Scout.

The Tigers have been known for the past decade or so for their defense.

They are typically big, they are usually strong, and they know how to play fast.

Gilmore is excited about being part of that defense in the future.

"It is a real honor for me to be part of that. Once I get there, I will settle in, hit the weights, run, listen to the coaches, and get ready to compete. I know the coaches there will get me right and get me ready to play, so I cannot wait to get there."

It will not be like it is at Hope Mills for Gilmore and he knows that.

The Scout100 DL is already preparing himself.

"I know the game speed will be the biggest difference. I know I will be a freshman, so it will be an adjustment for me, but I will be ready.

"I have already started to think about and I will be focused when I get there. I am aiming to play early, so I am going in with my feet running ready to play."

Myrtle Beach Corner Down to Three

Chocolate Wilson has a busy January coming up and that is when he will take his official visits and make his decision.

"My options are still open, but I am down to three schools right now really," said Wilson. "Ole Miss, Marshall, and Appalachian State are my three schools and I have official visits with all three set up for next month."

After those visits are taken, he will announce his decision.

"All three schools are recruiting me hard and Purdue is on me too, but I am still looking at all of them the same.

"I will take my visits, then talk to my parents about things before taking a few days to figure things before making my decision.

"It will probably be around Signing Day."

The three star is looking for who he has the best relationship with and where he can get a good education.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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