Logan Cheadle agonized over his decision for weeks. Last Thursday, he surprised a Missouri staff…
Cheadle Embraces Leadership Role
Lee's Summit (MO) West defensive back Logan Cheadle was ready for opening night of the 2013 season. He had been ready for weeks, maybe even months. Despite all the planning, all the practice, he still wasn't sure what to expect from the Week One matchup with Staley. "I don't know," he said, shaking his head. "I guess I'm just looking to top my performance on ESPN last year when I had two interceptions. Not exactly with INTs, because I've noticed QBs won't throw my way near as much." He paused, thinking how he could best impact the game. "Just make my presence felt in any way I can, being run support, coverage sacks, or punt returns." After committing to Missouri in June, Cheadle talked about the kind of leader he wanted to be for the Titans as he entered his final year in the program. "At Lee's Summit West, it's always a big deal," he said. "There are always a lot of seniors that get a Division 1 offer, and they think so highly of themselves, they stop working. I'm not going to be one of those people. This is me, a guy that works hard for what he's got. This is Lee's Summit West." On the eve of the 2013 season, the three-star prospect admitted that his drive to be an example for his teammates has put more pressure on him. "Yes, definitely. Over the summer during weights and conditioning, there was that added pressure to win every rep. But now that the season started, just show my passion for the game and let it be known through my actions that I'm playing for my teammates." "I just know it's my last ride. All I hear from alumni is how much they miss high school ball. I want to go out with no regrets this year. I want to go out with a bang and a state ring on my finger." Asked about pregame, Cheadle already knew what he planned to say to his younger teammates prior to kickoff. The words came fast, with no hesitation from the Titans standout. "If we do what we are supposed to do, and play as a team, there is no team in the metro that can stop us," he growled. "I know that for a fact." Friday night, the Titans battled the Falcons in brutal heat and humidity. Cheadle logged four tackles and one pass breakup as Lee's Summit West defeated Staley 28-14. "We got the dub," he said of the season opening win. "We have a lot of young guys. With a start like this, it just shows our potential as a team. We have a lot of growing up to do." "I was impressed with how well we did early on with so little experience. I think we'll be a scary team come playoffs."
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