The Utah State coaching staff added a transfer quarterback into the fold on the morning of Tuesday, December the 29th when former Arkansas State quarterback Logan Bonner accepted his scholarship offer. Rated a two-star by 247Sports coming out of high school, Logan ranks as the No. 2,331 overall college prospect in the country, the No.105 pro-style quarterback nationally and the No. 306 college prospect in the State of Texas in the 2016 class. Logan currently checks in at 6 foot 1 and a solid 220 pounds. As a junior in 2020, Logan started in or saw action in 7 games and completed 106 of his 173 pass attempts (61%) for 1,160 yards, 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He also caught one pass for 17 yards. As a sophomore in 2019 and prior to missing the majority of the season with an injury, Logan started the first four games of the season completing 91 of his 154 attempts (59%) for 1,052 yards, 10 touchdowns and 1 interception. He also recorded one rushing touchdown and even caught one pass for 37 yards.
I had the opportunity to have a Q&A with Logan about his commitment to the Aggies.
BP: Have you already signed your letter of intent with Utah State?
LB: No, I have not. But that is in the process. The school is shut down right now, so I’m waiting for it to open back up next Tuesday and get things official.
BP: Gotcha. That makes perfect sense!
BP: You will be here in January and go through spring ball correct?
LB: Absolutely! I’ll be making that 22 hour road trip to move in pretty soon.
BP: WOW! That is quite a drive!
LB: Yeah my boy Kent Myers gave me some tips on how to drive that far lol.
BP: Really?? How do you know Kent?
LB: We are from the same town, we grew up together and we went to rival high schools. We played against each other we are pretty close.
BP: Very cool!
BP: So, your remaining eligibility is 2 years to play 2 correct?
LB: Yes, Two years to play.
BP: Can you talk briefly about your career at Arkansas State and your decision to leave?
LB: I went to Arkansas State in 2016. I redshirted and sat another two years behind the 2x Player of the Year in the Sun Belt Justice Hansen at QB and I played a lot here and there. But 2019 was my year and I started and played (the first) 4 games. The first game playing SMU I tore a ligament in my thumb and just played through it the following weeks until it got bad enough to have year ending surgery. 2020 came around and this was a crazy year and we played both guys for a lot of reasons and some of them were out of my control. But I wasn’t happy there and I knew I could be the premier guy at a lot of schools, so I decided to leave Arkansas State, which I didn’t want to do but that was the best for my future and my career. Now I have two years of eligibility left and I’m super excited to be heading to Logan. Obviously me and coach Anderson are extremely close and the other people on staff I love deeply. It just worked out that way.
BP: Things are crazy right now in college football and guys are leaving their previous schools for a myriad of reasons. All I know is, Aggie Nation is excited you chose to come to Logan!
BP: How big a part did Coach Anderson and members of his former Arkansas State staff play in you coming to Utah State?
LB: It was a big part but the other side of it was the competition of the conference of the MW, and the talent over other league! So it was all included in my decision. Obviously the distance wants apart of the decision. I had other schools way closer to home.
BP: Haha! Yeah, Utah State isn’t exactly right down the street.
BP: What was your first impression of Utah State and the football program?
LB: Yeah, I’ve always known about the program and always heard about the things Kent said when he came back to Texas. And obviously because of Jordan love and the media coverage he brought to USU lately. But I have known about the program for a while and I was recruited to go there for a little bit by (former Aggie Offensive Coordinator) Josh Heupel. But he never pulled the trigger and they never offered me. But I always knew it was great school in a great conference!
BP: It’s cool to see that you’ve always had these slight connections to Utah State and now you are on your way here!
LB: Yeah it’s funny how things work out.
BP: What kind of player do you feel you are? What do you bring to the table when you step onto the field?
LB: I feel like I bring leadership and sense of calming to the offense. And at any point anyone on the field can get the ball and we can have explosive plays!
BP: Spoken like a true leader my man!
BP: Technically speaking what do you feel like you do best? What skills are the strong point of your game?
LB: I would say I’m a very experienced pocket passer. I feel like I stay in there and I’m very comfortable in the pocket but I’m able to scramble and pick up anything I need to when it (the pocket) breaks down. I feel like I’m very good at extending plays and have good enough arm to make any throw on the field from any position or arm angle.
BP: I like the self confidence! Obviously that is necessary to be a good field general as a quarterback!
BP: What goals or aspirations do you have leading into the 2021 spring ball season here at Utah State?
LB: Just one thing, Mountain West title. That’s all. Everything else will come to light if we all succeed.
BP: I love that answer dude!
BP: What Aggie coach or coaches were your primary recruiters during the process?
LB: (Head Coach) Coach (Blake) Anderson and (Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers) Coach (Kyle) Cefalo.
BP: At the time of your commitment, what other schools were recruiting you the hardest?
LB: I had offers from Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State, Florida International, Massachusetts and Arkansas State. And Washington State has been recruiting me too.
BP: Solid schools dude!
BP: Why did you choose to commit to Utah State?
LB: Because I felt this was the best place for me to grow and be the guy.
BP: Very cool! Welcome to Aggie Nation my man!
LB: Excited to get started man!
With the new coaching staff entering the picture at Utah State, Logan will have every opportunity to compete for the starting gig. Logan has a big, strong arm that allows him to really push the ball down the field. He isn’t shy about looking for the big play. He is mobile enough to move in and out of the pocket with ease. He has the ability to keep his eyes down the field and work through his progressions while he feels out the pass rush. He throws for a high completion percentage and keeps his interception rate low. His familiarity with what new Aggie Head Coach Blake Anderson expects will be a plus but he must still impress new offensive coordinator Anthony Tucker. Having Logan enrolled in school in time for spring ball will be a big, big plus for him.