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Logan Braucht: “The Backer That Never Shuts Down”

By Barry Every
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The 5-foot-11.5, 210-pound terror racked up 56 tackles and a team high 10 TFL’s and six sacks in 2017.

Waycross (Ga.) Ware County has experienced considerable success during the past two decades, but in 2017 the Gators finished (5-6/3-1). In his first three seasons at the helm Coach Franklin Stephens went (30-8) with two Region Championships. Last season marked the first six loss season since 2009. Some of this may have been caused by the growing pains of transitioning from the Wing-T offense to the spread.

Of course a brutal non-region schedule that included Brunswick (Ga.) Glynn Academy, Douglas (Ga.) Coffee, Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes and Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside may have been a larger factor in the outcome of the season. Each is a larger school which included two Region Champions and a State Runner-up. All but Northside appears on the Gator’s 2018 schedule.

To make matters worse the Gators top two tacklers Ernest Jones and Trey Cobb are off to college. The pair combined for 219 tackles, eight TFL’s and six sacks last year. Coach Stephens is now faced with the task of replacing the standout linebackers while getting the Gators back to gridiron glory.

One returning star from last year’s squad is former defensive end Logan Braucht. The 5-foot-11.5, 210-pound terror racked up 56 tackles and a team high 10 TFL’s and six sacks in 2017. Braucht will now be converting back to his natural position which is middle linebacker. He hasn’t played there since his freshman season.

“Logan is a do-right-kid, as a coach you don’t have to worry about his behavior inside or outside the building,” Stephens said. “You don’t have to worry about him skipping reps in the weight room. He’s the guy that you simply tell him when, where and what you need done and without a second thought you know he will be there getting it done. We need more Logan Braucht type players within our program.”

At this time Braucht possesses offers from The Citadel and Valdosta State. He is also receiving heavy interest from Air Force, Jacksonville, Liberty, Georgia Southern and Stetson.

“On my second Junior Day at The Citadel, Head Coach Brent Thompson pulled me to the side and personally offered me a scholarship,” Braucht said. Coach Lou Conte has been really persistent in my recruiting and has kept me abreast of everything going on with Citadel Football.”

As you may imagine academics is not a concern for Braucht as he boasts a 3.55 core GPA and currently has an 1110 on the SAT. The rocked up backer is no slouch in the weight room either with a max of 365-pounds on the bench, 505 on the squat and a 325-pound power clean. He is also a member of the Gator Track Team taking part in the 4x100-meters, 4x400-meters and the shot put.

“Logan is another great ambassador of our football program,” Stephens said. “He exemplifies the type of student-athlete we are striving to have within our program. He’s is qualified for college via the NCAA standards; additionally because of our dual enrollment with South Georgia State College he has accumulated a number of college classes.”

Braucht is actually on track to have 50 college credits by the end of the semester in December. This means he will have the ability to graduate early depending on where he decides to play his collegiate ball.

This past spring/summer Braucht attended camps at Jacksonville, Liberty and the Champions Elite Satellite Camp held at LaGrange College working out as a linebacker. He is scheduled to attend one final camp at Gardner-Webb on July, 21.

Coaches should not be concerned about his transition from defensive end to linebacker. This past December Braucht was selected to participate in the prestigious Chick-fil-A Foundation Georgia Junior Bowl. There helped guide Team Dedication to a 31-14 victory by chipping in six tackles from his inside backer position.

So other than being that prototypical thick roughneck style inside backer what makes Braucht different from other prospects around the area and the country?

“Everybody makes mistakes, if I make a mistake and get chewed out or taken out of the game I will not shutdown,” Braucht said. “I simply move on, learning from my mistakes and continue to play at full speed.”

The path to double digit wins and a Region Championship will be challenging for Ware County this fall. Along with games versus Coffee, Glynn Academy and Lowndes the Gators have an early season road trip to Waynesville (Ga.) Burke County, a team that has won 11 or more games five times this decade including the 2011 State Championship. Then the date all South Georgia high school fans have circled on their calendar, the regular season finale at Jesup (Ga.) Wayne County. Like last year the winner of this contest will most likely be the #1-seed coming out of Region 2-AAAAA.

“Last year we weren’t able to stay focused because of injuries and are expectations were win, win, win and sometimes when we didn’t it affected people,” Braucht said. “I have to be able to lead this team, it’s my time to step up to the plate and be the guy that grabs the attention of his teammates. We have to stay healthy, stay focused and take each week one at a time and not worry about that team once that week is over.”

College coaches interested in catching Braucht early during the fall evaluation period can head to Waycross on September, 7 or September, 21 when the Gators host Jonesboro (Ga.) and Brunswick (Ga.) Glynn Academy respectively. Of course at the end of the month he will be in action at Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes.