Wescott caps successful collegiate career at Arkansas State

Logan Wescott

As Logan Wescott took the field with seconds remaining in the Camellia Bowl, the rain still wasn’t letting up.

Wescott, the former Woodbridge High standout, was playing in the final game of his college career with the Arkansas State University football team.

The Red Wolves were trying to hang on to a 34-26 lead over Florida International as the second half was played in a driving rainstorm. FIU had the ball with 32 seconds left at its own 27-yard line.

Wescott lined up at his defensive back position for what would be the final time.

FIU quarterback James Morgan lobbed the ball up toward the middle of the field and there was Wescott. Wescott jumped in the air with one arm extended and tipped the ball away from its intended target, into the hands of Arkansas State defensive back Darreon Jackson for the game-sealing interception.

“I told him if it wasn’t raining I would have one-handed it,” Wescott said with a chuckle.

And that’s how Wescott’s career at Arkansas State concluded.

It was the final part of a journey which began in Delaware, headed to Jonesboro, Arkansas and ended on a rain-soaked field in Montgomery, Alabama.

Wescott, a 2015 graduate of Woodbridge where he was an All-State football and baseball player for the Blue Raiders, started his collegiate career at Delaware State. He earned a starting spot as a freshman and played in all 11 games for the Hornets.

He then accumulated 48 tackles as a sophomore before deciding to transfer for his final two years of college football.

Wescott was looking to make the jump from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision. While searching for a school, he had a conversation with former Woodbridge teammate Dajon Emory, who transferred to Arkansas State a year earlier from Lackawanna College.

“I remember Dajon said, ‘If you want to win games, this is the place to be,” Wescott said.

Wescott sat out the 2017 season in accordance with NCAA transfer regulations before he appeared in 13 games in 2018 as a reserved defensive back, recording 27 total tackles.

He was slated for a similar role this year but a door soon opened up for more opportunities.

The Red Wolves suffered numerous injuries on the defensive side of the ball, including some to other defensive backs. That, combined with a shift from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 allowed Wescott to earn a major role defensively.

Wescott finished the season third on the Red Wolves in tackles with 73. He tied for the team lead in tackles during the Camellia Bowl with 13 before his tipped pass led to the final defensive stop.

“Just seeing how the season started, to go out and make an impact it really meant a lot,” Wescott said. “I was thinking, just execute and don’t let them get in position to score. We were all pumped up to go out there one more time as a defense.”

Wescott also forced a pair of fumbles this season and blocked a kick. He scored one defensive touchdown in 2019.

“He’s maximized his career,” Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson was quoted on Arkansas State Nation last month. “He’s stepped in and made the most of his role. The defensive change we made put him in a different role. He’s obviously stepped up.”

It was an emotional year for everyone involved with the Arkansas State football program.

Anderson’s wife Wendy passed away in August after battling cancer.

“Wendy was a big part of our team she was like another mom to us,” Wescott said. “With the cancer situation she was up and down, sometimes doing better than others. When we got the news this summer, it’s something you’re never prepare for, but it really brought us together to play for coach.”

Wescott said the team did everything it could to make sure it won the bowl game to honor Wendy Anderson’s memory and for coach Anderson.

“We all just hugged him and told him we loved him,” Wescott said. “t was a very emotional moment for a lot of us,”

Wescott received his diploma from Arkansas State just a few days prior to the Camellia Bowl. He will spend the next couple of months working out in the Philadelphia-area and in Delaware in preparation for Arkansas State’s pro-day in March which gives him a chance to be seen by NFL scouts.

“These past few years have been a lot of different events and really just a roller-coaster,” Wescott said. “Going from Delaware to Arkansas and now, I really saw all the work I put in come to fruition.”