By: Lee Ramsey
Ever hear the expression, “dynamite comes in small packages?” Nothing could be truer when talking about Logan Jenkins who just signed a letter-of-intent to play baseball at Lincoln Memorial University.
If you saw him walking down the street you would think Jenkins was just a normal student, small in stature with a neat, medium length-haircut. However, Jenkins is actually an excellent multi-sport athlete.
He has played almost every sport growing up and excels in baseball and basketball. In basketball he is an explosive point guard who can push the ball up the court fast or he can drill a three pointer from almost anywhere on the floor.
But it is baseball that is his signature sport that will help pay for his college education. It’s a sport that Jenkins has been playing since he could barely walk. He started playing T-ball at the age of 3 at Bower Field, according to his Dad.
“We’re excited Logan’s getting an opportunity to keep playing ball somewhere,” said his dad Don Jenkins. “Logan’s played a lot of sports including football, but since middle school he’s concentrated on baseball and basketball.”
Jenkins also had other offers including Carson-Newman. Besides sports, Jenkins is also a good student.
Jenkins dad talked about the reason Logan picked LMU over Carson-Newman, “LMU made a lot better offer than Carson-Newman. The LMU coaches came to Georgia and watched Logan play (traveling ball). LMU also was the first school to recruit Logan.”
LMU plans to use Jenkins as a leadoff hitter because of his speed which is a tremendous asset. His size also makes him a hard target to pitch to. He played center field for Seymour, but his position in the field at LMU hasn’t been determined.
“I’ve always wanted to play college baseball somewhere. It’s going to be LMU,” said Jenkins. “I love the school, the coaches and the players. I also owe a lot of thanks to my high school coach, Coach Norman, who has taught me a lot and my family who supported me all these years; my Dad, my Mom and my brothers.
“It’s been a lot of hard work but it's been worth it.”
Jenkins high school baseball Coach Scott Norman has been his coach for 6 years; 2 in middle school basketball and 4 in high school baseball.
“He’s a leader,” said Norman. “He’s a testimony to all 5-foot-7-inch, 130 pound athletes that you can play college athletics. Logan started for me all four years.
“He has a sweet swing, short and light with good hands.”
Coach Norman recalled the first game he played Jenkins as a freshman.
“He was the first at bat and got an infield hit,” he said. “Then in the bottom of the 6th inning with base runners at 2nd and 3rd, Logan got a base hit driving in both runs.
“I immediately said, ‘I think I like this guy.’ He started every game since.”
Seymour High Principal Greg Clark coached Jenkins in baseball from age 8 to 13.
“He always played hard and worked hard,” said Clark. “He’s just a pleasure to be around. He’s a good player.
“You couldn’t ask for a better kid. He’s top notch.”
Logan Jenkins Signs with LMU
By: Lee Ramsey