Logan Stokes won't drop ball on Tigers 

December, 19, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Logan Stokes wanted to clear up a misconception about him on the eve of his signing with LSU.

"In my first game in junior college, I made catches but I had to learn how to block," said the sophomore at Northeast Mississippi Community College, who will sign with the Tigers on Wednesday morning before having an informal evening ceremony with teammate Nick Thomason. Stokes said Thomason will sign with Louisiana Tech.

Stokes, a converted high school defensive end, is the only player expected to sign with LSU during the junior college signing period today. Quantavius Leslie, a wide receiver committed to LSU, did not graduate from Hinds Junior College and must return to junior college for the spring semester.

Stokes' comment about his natural receiving ability might come as a revelation to many who have looked at Stokes' modest statistics -- he had just 12 catches in his sophomore season -- and his large frame (6-foot-6, 240 pounds) and assume he's in the mold of current LSU starter Chase Clement, a devastating blocker who rarely gets involved in the passing game.

Stokes said there are other reasons for his lack of production as juco receiver.

"We just could not throw the ball," Stokes said. "We had a weak offensive line that couldn't pass-block very well and our quarterbacks struggled some, too."

As for Stokes, he said he caught it just fine.

"Didn't have one drop," he said.

Indeed, that seems to be the book on Stokes from those who actually covered him. Scouts, including ESPN's own scouting report, noted that he had soft hands and looked comfortable catching the ball. He said he is athletic enough to "flex" out to a wide receiver spot.

"I actually caught a lot of my passes this year doing flexed out," he said.

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