Land of 10 has embarked on a series of Next Generation articles, a project that aims to bring our readers greater insight into the Class of 2018 signees. Land of 10 Iowa writers Scott Dochterman and Bobby La Gesse are visiting the Iowa incoming freshman class to show you more than its 40-yard dash times and recruiting rankings. We talked with 3-star linebacker Logan Klemp, but before we bring you the full profile on the South Hamilton (Iowa) star, here is a sneak peek at what you can expect.
JEWELL, Iowa — When Corey Klemp looked down, his son, Logan, was standing next to him. When he looked up, Logan vanished.
Logan saw Josey Jewell on the other side of Iowa’s weight room.
Upon learning his favorite Iowa football player was nearby, Logan had to meet him during his official visit on April 13.
“He didn’t waste a second getting over there,” Corey said.
Why wouldn’t he?
The 3-star linebacker and Iowa signee grew up a die-hard Hawkeyes football fan and Jewell was his favorite player. He spent hours dissecting Jewell’s performance, trying to gleam anything he could from his game to help Logan as a linebacker at South Hamilton High School in north central Iowa.
Over time, he started incorporating Jewell’s footwork into his workouts.
“I loved watching Josey,” Logan said. “He was an animal. Just the way he flew to the ball around the field. He was always making big plays.”
Like Jewell, Logan earned all-state high school honors in Iowa. The Iowa Coaches Association named Logan the Class 1A Player of the Year after he rushed for 1,260 yards and 13 touchdowns to go with 82.5 tackles and 12 tackles for loss as a senior.
But meeting his idol was a thrill. Logan told Jewell as much when he first approached. The conversation was everything Logan hoped for. The two chatted football and got to know each other, one Iowa linebacker to another
“It was just kind of a normal conversation,” Logan said.
A few months earlier, Logan watched videos to study Jewell’s leadership ability, taking away anything he could from how Jewell taught his younger teammates the defense.
Now, he could talk to Jewell about the finer points of leadership. It was almost surreal for Klemp.
Yet, it was probably fitting because it’s a trait they share.
“If you look at leadership, the way Josey was the leader for Iowa and Logan was the leader for us I see the comparison,” South Hamilton assistant football coach Kyle Galetich said. “A lot of the thing Josey was to them Logan is here.”
Meeting Jewell was a highlight of Logan’s official visit. It was well worth leaving his dad on his own when he spotted Jewell.
“He is an awesome guy,” Logan said. “I am not comparing myself to him. Hopefully I can at some time, but we kind of have the same personality. He is kind of a quiet guy, but very confident.”