Franklin County High School senior Logan Woodside didn’t plan to verbally commit Wednesday.
But when the quarterback went for an unofficial visit to the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, Woodside couldn’t leave before agreeing to play football with the Rockets in 2013.
“I didn’t know I was committing to Toledo before I got there,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “It was a big surprise to me, but seeing the facilities and meeting with the coaches just sealed the deal.”
Woodside transferred to FCHS from Anderson County before his junior season and since then has tallied six scholarship offers from around the country, including Western Kentucky, Troy, Eastern Kentucky, Ohio and Western Illinois.
Before the commitment, Woodside said his decision was narrowed between Toledo and WKU.
But it was the school’s 2011 Military Bowl win, Mid-American Conference schedule and history of championship performances that Woodside said led to his verbal.
“I wanted a school that made me feel comfortable, were genuinely interested in me playing for them and that had my (physical therapy) major,” he said.
Woodside said currently Toledo has two primary quarterbacks on its roster, senior Austin Dantin and junior Terrance Owens.
“That was a really big thing to me that I could possibly play as a redshirt freshman or a sophomore,” Woodside said, “that I could come in and compete for the job.”
After making the verbal commitment, the quarterback said he immediately sent a text message to his high school head coach Chris Tracy.
“I can’t thank him enough for getting me here,” Woodside said.
Tracy said his quarterback has stayed focused on winning a state championship for Flyer football while juggling unofficial visits to different universities.
The Flyers ended last season with an 84-48 loss against Conner in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs.
“All of the pressure (from college offers) is off now,” he said. “We are ready to win a state championship. We felt like we let everyone down. I felt like I did. I’m ready to redeem myself.”
The senior said instead of splitting his time between practice and visits, he’ll hang up the latter.
“But I’ll still be working on getting Ryan (Timmons) to come play with me now,” Woodside said.
His teammate Ryan Timmons, FCHS senior running back/wide receiver, also holds more than six scholarship offers and made an unofficial visit to Arkansas recently.
“They’re both good kids, that’s the most important thing,” Tracy said about helping his players through the recruiting process. “The football side of it is really easy, but we also want to make them productive members of the community. When you have both of those things in a player, it is just hard to fail.”