Rock Bridge football's Twehous seeks championship, Divison I offers

Saturday, August 16, 2014 | 7:42 p.m. CDT
Rock Bridge High School football stars Logan Twehous and Alex Ofodile played with their team at the High School Jamboree on Saturday.

COLUMBIA — Rock Bridge quarterback Logan Twehous threw for 3,500 yards and 40 touchdowns in 2013, leading the Bruins to the Class 6 state championship game and earning 1st team All-State honors. But after all that, he enters his senior season without a Division 1 scholarship offer.

The Bruins went 4-5 in the 2013 regular season and headed into the playoffs on a four-game losing streak. But they caught fire in the postseason, knocking off Jefferson City, Francis Howell Central, Fort Zumwalt West and undefeated Hazelwood Central before falling to powerhouse Blue Springs at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

The regular season won't get any easier this year. The Bruins face a brutal schedule, starting Friday at home against Rockhurst, which has defeated them in four consecutive seasons. The team also plays 2013 Class 5 state champions Lee's Summit West and a pair of traditionally strong prep schools  in Desmet Jesuit and Christian Brothers from St. Louis. Rock Bridge is not affiliated with a conference, so the program must schedule its own games.

"We play who we can get," Bruins coach A.J. Ofodile said. "We're typically playing elite teams in the state, so even though we made the state championship game last year, nobody's really looking at us and quaking in their boots."

For Rock Bridge to make it back to St. Louis, they will likely need another big season from the dual-threat Twehous. The third-year starter has earned the respect of his coaches and teammates with his on-field performance and leadership.

"He's made to be a spread offense quarterback," Ofodile said. "He can run it, he can throw it and he's the consummate leader at the position. I wouldn't trade our guy for anyone."

Combining Twehous's gaudy stats with his winning pedigree — he also led the baseball team to a state championship in the spring — it might seem surprising that Twehous hasn't caught the attention of Division I football programs. But his biggest obstacle is something he can't control — his height. Listed at 6 feet, Twehous' size could be why he hasn't received any offers yet, his coach said.

"People always want that big, prototype quarterback," Ofodile said. "I've had a couple schools say we're looking for a 6-4 guy. I say, good luck, you're not going to get a 6-4 guy as good as him."

Although Twehous enters this season not knowing where he will attend college, he still has time to prove he's worthy of playing football at the highest level. He has received interest from Colorado State, Marshall and Memphis, and his performance in 2014 could net him offers from those schools and others.

"Typically, the adage is that if you don't have a Divison I offer by the end of your junior year, you probably won't get one," Ofodile said. "I showed Logan that we have a pretty lengthy list of guys from here that had great senior seasons and went on to play Division I football. I definitely think he has the potential to add to that list."

The fact that Twehous hasn't had any offers will only motivate him more this season, he said.

"Any time people are passing you up, you have a chip on your shoulder," Twehous said. "Hopefully, I'll prove to everyone this year that I'm just as good as any other quarterback."

Although Twehous is still without a Division I offer, his top receiver, Alex Ofodile, has already committed to play for Oregon after he graduates. The 6-foot-2-inch deep threat is ranked as the 12th best wide receiver in the class of 2015 by  Ofodile put up 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013, according to Rivals.

Twehous and Ofodile have been playing together since freshman year, and their chemistry has grown over the years.

"At first, neither one of us were on the same page because we didn't really know how each other played," Twehous said. "We've grown together. I can always tell what he's thinking, and he can always tell what I'm thinking."

The on-field camaraderie has translated into an off-field bond for the All-State tandem. They hang out frequently and often play "NCAA Football" and "Madden" on Playstation.

"We're about as close as you can get," Twehous said. "Every year we've gotten closer and we're starting to think the exact same things on and off the field."

Like the coaching staff, Alex Ofodile doesn't understand why Twehous hasn't received any offers.

"He's every bit of a Division I quarterback," Alex Ofodile said. "I wish I could take him to Oregon with me."

Although Twehous and Ofodile are the marquee names for the Bruins, the team also returns first team All-State offensive lineman Danny Wolf and second team All-State defensive end Hayden Johnson.

But quarterback is the most important position in football, and if the Bruins hope to have another successful season, they will likely need another great season from Twehous. He might want his individual output to earn him offers from Division I colleges. But that's not on his mind — for now.

"I want to get back and win a state championship," Twehous said. "That's the main goal."

Supervising editor is Mark Selig.

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