College grid awaits healed Charger LB
Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 9:42 am
By: Mike Hutchens, Press Sports
Westview senior Logan Callins (front, center) recently signed scholarship papers to continue his gridiron career at Earlham College.
A major knee injury robbed Logan Callins of his senior football season at Westview.
It did not take his desire to play at the next level.
Callins recently signed a scholarship to continue his gridiron career at Earlham College, a Division III school in Richmond, Ind.
More accurately, Callins will resume his football-playing career.
After starting two seasons at inside linebacker for the Chargers, he tore an anterior cruciate ligament in non-contact drills the summer before his senior year last June.
Callins said having to sit and watch his senior campaign was heartbreaking.
“The toughest thing ever — even tougher than the injury itself — was not being able to play and having to watch my senior year,” he said.
“We had a great win over Milan in the regular season and won the district championship, but I really didn’t feel that much a part of it because I wasn’t on the field with my teammates.”
Just call it an instance of “absence making the heart grow fonder,” though, for Callins.
He elected to join the NCSA — a paid athletic recruiting service — he says “to get his name out there” to college programs not aware of him or his desires because of his knee injury and inactive senior campaign.
Contact came from the Quakers, a school with an enrollment of around 1,200 and a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
EC went winless last season, and Callins, who says he’s currently six-foot, 210 pounds and completely recovered from his ACL injury and rehabilitation, has intentions of playing immediately on the next level.
“I could’ve walked on somewhere, but I really wanted to go somewhere where I could have the chance to play immediately,” he said. “I really liked it there and they told me I had a chance (to play).
“I just really love football. I want to represent Westview and show other guys that you can go to a smaller school and play on the next level if you really love the game.”
Westview head coach Don Coady says there is no doubting Callins’ desire.
“He’s been adamant that he wasn’t through playing and in his desire to get back on the field,” said Coady, who was not directly involved in the recruiting process.
“His strengths are that he has good instincts and he understands linebacker play. He thinks he can play there (Earlham) and I think he’ll have that opportunity.”
Ironically, though Callins will travel more than six hours out of state to attend college, he could play his first football game on the next level in Tennessee as the Quakers open their 2011 season at The University of the South in Sewanee on Sept. 3.