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Soroco’s Jace Logan pursues gridiron dreams with trip to Las Vegas

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Jace Logan was in a situation that he may never have been in before, and this was after the South Routt cowboy and Soroco high schooler had walked wide-eyed down the Las Vegas strip with all its commotion and all its people and all its lights.

He'd traveled to Las Vegas for Sportz Farm’s All-American Games & Showcases and was competing with the top 100 high school juniors. The group was split into two teams for a game, and Logan was not the only running back.

Logan is coming off a stat-studded junior season in which he helped lead the Soroco Rams to unprecedented heights, the Colorado 8-man state semifinals. He racked up more than 3,200 yards rushing along the way and scored 47 touchdowns, both marks that were easily the best in the state regardless of classification.

But, that didn't mean much in Las Vegas, and midway through the game, Logan had yet to even enter it.

"It's the junior all-American game," he said. "Everyone's good."

He wasn't getting a chance to do what he wanted, so when a chance came along to simply do anything, he jumped.

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The coaching staff needed a fullback and Logan quickly and loudly volunteered.

"I said, 'I'm your guy,'" he said. "I just really wanted to play. If I hadn't switched positions, I wouldn't have gotten in the game at all. I know how to block, and I like hitting people, so I got into the game, and I blocked."

That was one of the takeaways from the experience for Logan: he may need to do anything and everything possible to make his dreams come true.

He's also an elite wrestler and high school state champion rodeo cowboy, and he's always maintained his favorite sport is the one he's participating in. Looking ahead, however, he's hoping to go to the next level in football, and he's eyeing NCAA Division 1 colleges.

That’s not an easy jump for an 8-man star from Soroco, something that was quickly apparent in Nevada.

"The biggest difference was going from 8-man to 11-man," Logan said. "The first day, it felt really different. The field was wider. More guys were on the line. There were more receivers. I had two days to learn all the team's plays and to learn how to play 11-man, but I got used to it."

Logan has heard from a lot of Division 2 and Division 3 schools in the region, but his contact with Division 1 schools has been more limited. He has his eyes on Wyoming and Colorado State in particular, and he knows he may need to make some tough choices to make that happen.

Fullback isn't likely to be his position of the future, but he's prepared to switch to defense. He shined plenty there for Soroco, compiling 156 tackles, tops on his team, tops in his league, tops in 8-man football and fourth in all Colorado classifications. He also expects to be considered as a slot receiver.

"That's just another position for a running back a lot of the time," he said.

As far as recruiting goes, this was only one step for Logan. He's planning to attend a summer football game with his fellow Rams then also several individual camps including, he’s hoping, Wyoming and Colorado State.

"It was a big opportunity to be selected and coached at a high level," Logan said of his Vegas experience. "What they kept saying was we have to keep working, improving at all aspects of the game and at life and to never give up on yourself."

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