Pitman High football and wrestling standout Logan Wolfley added another accolade to his already impressive career on Thursday night.
While Logan is known for his athleticism on the football field and the mat, which includes qualifying to compete in last week's State wrestling tournament, his academic excellence has also been recognized, as he was presented the NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Award in Sacramento.
“I was really happy because I never received a reward like this and it's great to be recognized for grades and sports and humbling to received award,” Wolfley said.
The award that was first bestowed in 1991, to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America's young people.
The NFF Chapter Network covers more than 4,800 high schools and 400,000 student-athletes in 47 states, annually analyzing the credentials of the top student-athletes from their respective communities.
Criteria for the award include academic achievement, athletic accomplishments and community leadership. The chapters recognize approximately 3,300 of the best scholar-athletes at their local awards banquets, distributing more than $1 million in scholarships.
Wolfley has maintained a 4.02 grade point average, while always staying focused on his ultimate career goals, and he has not let anything get in between his strive for success both in the classroom and on the field.
“Since I was little, I knew grades came first because that has always opened opportunities,” Wolfley said.
Wolfley is also focused on his athletic goals, namely playing at the college level.
“I have always had the goal to play college football, it’s what I worked for all these years,” he said. “Once junior year came I started getting calls and went to camps and felt that is when I knew the opportunity would come. I knew it was possible when coaches started to email me.”
After being in touch with multiple Division I, II and III programs by the start of his junior season, Wolfley has narrowed his choice of schools he would like to attend to two, Azusa Pacific and Colorado State at Pueblo.
“Azusa is on top of my list. I went down there a few weeks ago and I fell in love with community and coaches were amazing and I feel like I fit in there, but I will probably visit Colorado soon,” Wolfley said. “Nothing is set in stone, but leaning more towards Azusa."
Throughout his career, one of Wolfley's biggest supporters has been his dad and coach, Chris Wolfley, who has been there from day one, helping his son achieve anything he has set his mind to.
“Any parent would be proud of your kid, but when you really look at it, I am glad my kids get it. We would ask him that we need to work out on a day where it was a holiday but he knew that he had to work out. I would tell him that he did not have to do it, but he would make the sacrifice,” Chris Wolfley said. “I remember he ran on 100 degree weather at MJC on Fourth of July because we had to leave for a plane the next day. He has worked so hard.”