Just when Cannon Falls junior Logan Hofstedt started to get comfortable, the two-way player’s season abruptly ended. Hofstedt has been focused on getting back to 100 percent since his season was cut short. He has taken advantage of the opportunities…
Just when Cannon Falls junior Logan Hofstedt started to get comfortable, the two-way player’s season abruptly ended.
Hofstedt has been focused on getting back to 100 percent since his season was cut short. He has taken advantage of the opportunities this summer at various camps, and recently received a preferred walk-on offer along with interest from Division I schools throughout the Midwest.
“We had some injuries on the line right away,” Hofstedt said, “but as the season went along, we started to put our offense together. It was the first season running a new offense, so obviously, we had some flaws early. Injuries played a big part in our season. Our starting right tackle and our quarterback went down. That was a big issue for us.”
Injury was a theme of Hofstedt’s season as well.
“In Week Four I tore the labrum in my shoulder. It was a basic running play, and I got low into the safety, and he just hit my shoulder in a funky way, and it tore. At first, it was tough. I had surgery right away and had to be in a sling and not use my arm for six weeks. It was hard not to do the workouts with my teammates. I had to be restricted. That was tough for me mentally.”
It was a six-month recovery process, and just recently he began to feel one hundred percent. Naturally, the injury kept Hofstedt sidelined through the winter season. Under normal circumstances, he would have played basketball and competed on the competitive weightlifting team.
The plus side of the injuries is guys got a lot of experience, and basically all the starters will be back in 2018.
“Before the injury, my season was going really well. I had some great games and the games I didn’t the other running backs did. It came from the linemen opening up holes.”
Vision is one of Hofstedt’s strengths.
“I can see the whole field and can find the cutback lanes,” said the 6’1″ 225-pound athlete. “I think knowing where everyone is going to be on each play helps me too.”
On defense, Hofstedt usually played the weakside, inside linebacker in the defenses’ four and sometimes five linebacker sets.
“I am able to recognize plays,” Hofstedt said. “I also make the defensive calls, and then I just like to read the guards and find the ball.”
In addition to getting back from his injury, Hofstedt – who also likes to bowl and deer hunt, is also focused on some specific football skills.
“On offense, I want to improve my footwork and get a little quicker. Defensively I want to be able to make my pre-snap and in-play reads faster.”
This spring he is still strengthening his shoulder but is also doing the regular weight lifting workouts. In addition to working with the other linebackers on drills, they do independently of official football activities. He has also hit the college football camp cycle.
“I went to camp at South Dakota State where I received a preferred walk-on offer. I did the Iowa Hawkeye’s Invitational Elite Camp, and then I went to North Dakota and then the North Dakota State camps. I might go to a camp at South Dakota.”
Depending on the school, Hofstedt is being recruited as both a fullback and a linebacker.
“They like my size and my quickness for how big I am.”
They also know Logan has a brother – Mason – that plays for NDSU.
“I feel like him working hard and being successful has made these other schools think I might be able to do the same things.”
Hofstedt has taken recruiting pointers from his brother.
“He has told me what schools are going to ask and how they are going to ask it. He has interpreted for me what the questions actually mean. He has helped me understand what schools want to hear.”
Schools might like Hofstedt’s family tree, but what they will like more is watching him put up a big senior season where the college interest will continue to grow.