It’s conceivable the comments Logan Ayers received from classmates in Nixa’s yearbook could include references to his gregarious nature. After all, he’s not one too shy to speak up.
But somewhat surprisingly Ayers couldn’t couldn’t reach the end to his recruiting trail soon enough.
“Some people really like the recruiting process. But I was not a fan,” the Nixa tight end said. “For this area, it’s hard for athletes to get their name out there. You have to work extra hard.”
Ayers found relief to his recruiting trail by landing at Washburn (Kansas).
“I got on campus and liked everything I saw,” he said during his signing ceremony. “Going to Topeka it reminds me of Springfield. It’ll be like a home away from home for me.”
Ayers also made visits to Purdue, Mizzou and Emporia State.
“Mizzou and Purdue seemed really big,” he said.
Ayers began recruiting dialogue last summer.
I was getting some attention and started going to camps and gained more attention,” Ayers said. “I was going to St. Louis for different types of training and communication with coaches almost every weekend. Then, I started taking visits.”
Ayers likes the idea that Washburn’s offense operates out of three-tight end set.
“I think I’ll have a good possibility of starting my red-shirt freshman year or I could get playing time my freshman year if someone happens to get injured,” he said. “Between now and then, I want to improve on my size and speed. I won’t be the tallest tight end. I’ll have to be the fastest and strongest. I want to work on my hands, climb the ladder and get the ball.”
Ayers’ senior season saw him catch eight passes for 89 yards on offense and as a linebacker on defense he led Nixa with 111 tackles, including eight stops for a loss, to go along with one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
This spring, Ayers is competing in the discus. He unleashed a personal record of 151-5 at last week’s COC Track Meet. He hadn’t been able to break 140 since doing so last year.
“The beginning of the season was really frustrating,” he said. “I started terrible. It’s coming back to me now.”
With football in mind, Ayers hasn’t been tempted to try sprints, with one exception at the Springfield Hillcrest Invite
“After the Big Man Relay, I had a coach ask me why I’m not doing the 100,” he said. “Running track makes it difficult to keep your weight on, let alone gain weight.”