Bulldog senior ready for VMI, Div. 1 tests

Published 10:27 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2009

King’s Fork senior Logan Sorensen had a problem facing him as he neared graduation, but it was a problem with a good choice either way. Two highly-respected schools, the Virginia Military Institute and Randolph-Macon, had accepted Sorensen and wanted him to play football.

Last week, Sorensen decided to attend VMI. Sorensen, a two-way lineman and long snapper for the Bulldogs, will become the second King’s Fork graduate to play NCAA Division I football. Class of 2007 quarterback/cornerback Sha’ka Miller is currently at Morgan State. Sorensen accepted a half-scholarship offer from VMI.

“It was a good situation to have. Both schools were sincerely interested in me, but I wanted to play D1 and at VMI I’m getting that opportunity,” said Sorensen on Friday at King’s Fork High School.

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“He’s a good student, a good athlete and a good citizen,” said King’s Fork head coach Joe Jones.

“Logan’s the kind of guy you like to have representing your high school team,” said Jones, also noting Sorensen’s accomplishments away from sports, such as an Eagle Scout award.

On the field, Sorensen, often the nature of being a two-way lineman and playing on special teams, worked quietly, but as a leader, in the trenches during the Bulldogs’ improvement over their first five seasons.

In his rookie season with the Keydets, and even as a recruit who signed later than most Division I recruits, Sorensen is expecting to step right in and fill a need for VMI’s team.

“They needed a long snapper for their special teams, and that’s what I was recruited as,” said Sorensen.

“I’m going in there and I’m going to work hard to be the long snapper they need. Anything else, any other positions, will fall into place after that,” said Sorensen.

“In 16 years of coaching, Logan’s the best long snapper I’ve had and I’ve had a few who were pretty good,” said Jones.

A similar dedication is needed, probably more so, off the playing field for an incoming Keydet. Sorensen understands how the long-term benefits outweigh the challenges of four years in VMI’s Corps of Cadets.

“I was able to talk to players (at VMI), they’re seniors, and they already have job offers for $50,000 a year lined up. VMI has a very strong alumni network. To be 22 years old and get job offers like that, it’s pretty enticing for four years of hard work.”

VMI was 4-7 in 2008. This fall’s schedule for the Keydets, who play in the Big South Conference, includes dates with James Madison, Richmond, Liberty, Old Dominion and FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) opponent Army.