‘Underrated’ senior aims to keep Plum among the elite
Monday 23 August 2021 | 5:10 p.m.
When asked about senior receiver / defensive back Logan Brooks, Plum coach Matt Morgan said he was one of the most underrated players in all of WPIAL.
It’s good with Brooks.
He doesn’t care about his ranking and will instead prove his worth with his game.
What Brooks, a senior, brings to the team is the will to do whatever it takes to win.
It also provides much-needed experience for a younger core of skill position players after the graduation of many of the players who helped the Mustangs win their first conference title since 1983.
“Growing up I was surrounded by a lot of talent and last year’s senior class with Max Matolcy and Reed Martin was amazing,” said Brooks. “I admired these guys, and now the younger guys probably admire me. We have a very young team. Our two largest classes are freshmen and sophomores.
Brooks joked that the throw isn’t really his forte, so you probably won’t see him pass the ball down on any trick play, but other than that he’s ready and able to help out there. where he can.
He was second on the team in receptions last season with 18 and a screaming 21.6 yards per catch. He had seven touchdowns in total, including six in the passing game.
“I feel like I’m pretty versatile,” Brooks said. “I’m ready to block for anyone else or run routes just to let the other guys open up. I can run the ball. I can catch. Everything except the throw, I feel like I’m pretty good.
Brooks will have a new quarterback after Ryan Hubner’s graduation. Junior Santino Saccone and second year Sean Franzi are competing for the starting position. Brooks took an active role in helping each of them develop over the summer.
“During the offseason, we would go out on the field whenever we didn’t have an elevator,” said Brooks. “We just got together and worked on the routes. Sometimes if they made a mistake and I felt like it was going through their heads, I would tell them it was OK, everyone makes mistakes, and we get by. They are both quite young and with every training I see each of them improving. It’s good to watch.
With Matolcy and Martin graduating, Brooks will have a few new receivers by his side at Samo Pitts and freshman Darian Nelson. Pitts transferred from Clairton last year and saw some action but was not eligible for the playoffs. He brings a sizeable element that should complement Brooks.
“I can’t remember the last time we had a 6-foot-5 receiver,” Brooks said. “He can run. He can catch. He can move in the open field. It’s exciting, because you’re going to have to either cover him or me or another of our receivers. We’ve got a really talented receiving body. Darian Nelson can move too, by the time he’s senior I think he’s going to have a lot of Division I schools to offer him. He’s so good.
As a senior, Brooks wants to continue what his predecessors did last year. He doesn’t want last year to be the exception, but the start of a tradition of winning football at Plum.
“Our coaches remind us every day that we have a target on our back,” said Brooks. “The teams are looking to beat us instead of saying it. ‘Oh, it’s Plum. It will be an easy game. We wanted to change the culture and that’s what we did.
Jerin Steele is a freelance writer