The Oklahoman's Super 30: Jenks star, OSU commit Logan Nobles defined by leadership, hard work
JENKS — Before each football season, and again in the offseason, Jenks coach Keith Riggs holds a vote for the team’s leadership council.
Last year, left tackle Logan Nobles was one of the players to earn the selection.
“That was really nice,” Nobles said. “It means I’m there to help anybody and help push our team to new levels. Some players may not know what they can do, and I’m there to help. It’s a great responsibility and it’s great to be part of it.”
Last year was Nobles’ first as a starter after backing up talented players who came before him, but the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Nobles quickly settled in and began to draw recruiting attention.
Rated No. 18 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the class of 2021, Nobles committed to Oklahoma State on June 10.
His talent, athletic ability and size can’t be overlooked, but his intangibles — like leadership and work ethic — define him.
“More than anything, he’s a great person,” Riggs said. “Very hard worker. He’s the type of kid you love to have in the program.
“Teenagers these days, especially athletes, have a full schedule keeping up with school work and activities and practices and camps. Logan has a job, too, and something like that helps with time management skills. Those skills are so important when kids get out on their own.”
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From a leadership perspective, Nobles’ desire to lift up those around him has always stood out.
“He takes care of his teammates,” Riggs said. “As a leader, you’ve got to look out for more than just yourself, and Logan has really taken hold of that aspect of leadership. We really saw it in the offseason, when he started to look after some of our younger players. He’s in regular communication with them. He’s doing everything he can to help those guys.”
While some offensive linemen are soft-spoken, or uncomfortable speaking up, Nobles has always felt the need to be a leader.
“I’ve always been drawn to a leader role, in the sense that my dad has always been a leader — whether it was when he was in high school, or when he’s at work — he’s always lending and showing people the right way to do stuff,” Nobles said. “I learned that from him, and it worked out perfectly for football.”
Nobles had 21 scholarship offers, ranging from the Big 12 and SEC to the Ivy League and service academies, and the list would have continued to grow had he not committed last month.
Most intriguing for OSU, Riggs believes the young offensive lineman hasn’t finished growing.
“I fully agree,” Nobles said. “My mom’s grocery bill probably agrees, too.”
The Oklahoman's Super 30
Name: Logan Nobles
Super 30 ranking: No. 18
Weight: 285 pounds
Position: Offensive tackle
Committed to: Oklahoma State
About the series
The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2020 class. The series continued Thursday with No. 18, Jenks' Logan Nobles. See No. 17 on the list in Friday’s editions of The Oklahoman. Here are the last five players we’ve featured:
No. 22: Lance Petermann, OL, Stillwater
No. 21: Owen Ostroski, DL, Tulsa Holland Hall
No. 20: James Burnett, LB, Edmond Santa Fe
No. 19: Melvin Swindle, OL/DL, Heritage Hall
No. 18: Logan Nobles, OL, Jenks