Logan Emmerth arrived at his letter of intent signing ceremony with Quincy (Illinois) looking dapper, while dressed in a suit and tie.
“This is a once in a lifetime thing,” the Ozark senior linebacker said. “I’m reaching a lifetime goal by playing at the next level. I might as well dress for the occasion.”
For Emmerth, signing with the Hawks represents the culmination of a tireless and relentless work ethic over the past four years. Tigers coach Chad Depee reported that if Emmerth ever missed a practice or even a workout, he couldn’t recall it.
Emmerth said he followed through on lessons learned at home.
“A lot of that comes from my family and my older brother (Landon),” Logan said. “I wanted to follow in his footsteps. Every time I went out there I wanted to be the best I could be.”
Landon, 2015 Ozark grad, went on to play in college as a defensive lineman at William Jewell.
“He’s told me college football is going to be hard, that I’ve got to push through and stick with it,” Logan said.
Emmerth is fresh from a senior season in which he recorded a team-high 93 tackles, including 60 solo stops. He also collected 4.5 tackles for a loss, one quarterback sack and one forced fumble. For his efforts, he was was named the Tigers’ Defensive MVP.
“That was because of my teammates,” Emmerth said. “I wouldn’t have gotten any awards without them. They put me in position to make tackles.”
The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder projects as an inside/outside linebacker at Quincy.
Emmerth will be joined at Quincy by Ozark senior Ethan Sandoval. The 6-foot-0, 205-pound Sandoval rushed for 1,580 yards and 10 touchdowns the past two seasons. He, too, projects as a linebacker for the Hawks.
Of the 48 players to make up Quincy’s 2019 recruiting class, Emmerth and Sandoval are the only southwest Missouri products. A dozen of the signees are from Chicago. The Hawks were 4-7 last season, closing their campaign with a 24-21 win over Southwest Baptist.