Coppell High School football star missing at lake

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by WENDY CORONA

WFAA

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 7:16 AM

COPPELL — Authorities have suspended the search for Coppell High School football player Jacob Logan, 17, who went missing at Possum Kingdom Lake on Sunday afternoon.

Head coach Joe McBride told News 8 Jacob jumped into the water from a lakeside cliff and did not surface.

The search was scheduled to resume on Monday morning.

Jacob, a senior, is a defensive back and wide receiver for the 6-0 Coppell Cowboys, one of the top-ranked high school teams in the state.

"Everybody knew him; everybody respected him," said classmate Clayton Jones.

Dozens of students attended an impromptu prayer vigil at the school's football stadium on Sunday evening. Players from the arch-rival Southlake Dragons team joined them as a show of unity.

"We were together with some people in our grade, and we prayed with a few of our friends," said Coppell student Kate Perlioni.

"Everybody cares so much about what happened to him," added student Carson Reynolds. "It's just a tragedy."

One week ago, Jacob Logan appeared with some of his teammates on Channel 8's "High School Sports Special" to talk about the Cowboys' success so far this season.

"Anybody can be a playmaker if you're put in the right situation," Jacob said. "These coaches and Coach McBride do that, so I feel that any person at any given time can be a playmaker."

Jacob was Coppell's leading receiver last season and has been a starter on the team for three seasons. Eight colleges have shown interest in him, including Texas Tech and Oregon, but Logan had not yet committed to any school.

Austin Fuerst attended church with Jacob. "Everybody knows that Jacob is a great Christian, strong Christian guy, and we all know that he's going to be in a better place," he said.

"I know everybody can hang in there and get through this together."

E-mail wcorona@wfaa.com

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