Logan Slaughter’s first day back at school was a productive one after inclement weather shuttered area institutions since the end of last week.
Central Michigan University offensive line coach Butch Barry was at Mendon High School Thursday to talk to Slaughter — just five days after the 6-foot-5, 265-pound two-way lineman visited Mt. Pleasant for the Chippewas’ Junior Day.
By Thursday evening, the Michigan Division 7-8 All-State selection had his first Division I college football scholarship offer.
Barry evaluated Slaughter, who is a center for the Hornets basketball team, at practice and must have quickly passed on the grade to CMU head coach Dan Enos, and Slaughter was instructed to call Enos after practice.
“After I got home from practice I called him up,” Slaughter said. “He said he really liked the way I moved, that I had a lot of athletic ability and that I would be a huge benefit to the team.
“Not only did he like my athletic ability, he liked that I had a good GPA (4.0) and I’m a hard worker in the classroom. He said he and his staff decided to offer me a scholarship for the 2015 class.”
Lining up as a defensive and offensive tackle for Mendon, Slaughter said CMU envisions him as a right guard or defensive tackle.
“I’ll have to see which one opens up and which one they may need me to play and where I can benefit the team the most,” Slaughter said.
“I’m really excited about the first offer and I can’t wait to see what else comes. All I can do is keep working hard.”
Even with all the success Mendon has enjoyed throughout its storied history, which includes 13 state championships, only one of the program’s alumni, Eric George, went on to play at the Division I level (Cincinnati).
Slaughter appears on track to join that club as schools such as Indiana, Princeton, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Akron, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Nebraska and Missour have expressed interest.