Search continues for Coppell High student missing at lake

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by WENDY CORONA and JIM DOUGLAS

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Posted on October 14, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 15 at 9:58 PM

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COPPELL — Authorities resumed their search Monday morning for Coppell High School football player Jacob Logan, 17, who went missing at Possum Kingdom Lake on Sunday afternoon.

Head coach Joe McBride told News 8 Jacob jumped into the water from a lakeside cliff and did not surface.

Signs dot the lake warning visitors not to jump from higher than 20 feet, but it is frequently done, and it's not hard to find YouTube videos of young people making the leap.

"There are signs posted that indicate that any jumping off of any of the cliff faces — and we have miles and miles and miles of cliff faces here — is limited to 20 foot above the surface of the water," said Mike Iltis of the Brazos River Authority.

Jacob, a senior, is a defensive back and wide receiver for the 6-0 Coppell Cowboys, one of the top-ranked high school teams in the state.

"Everybody knew him; everybody respected him," said classmate Clayton Jones.

Friends and teachers described Logan as a young man of strong faith. Some students wept in the halls of the high school Monday and donned blue ribbons in his honor. 

"Jacob stood for everything that's right," McBride said. "He is a great testimony of what's good in kids today. He's a teacher's dream in the classroom; he's a coach's dream on the field. He's a very humble and confident kid."

Dozens of students attended an impromptu prayer vigil at the school's football stadium on Sunday evening. Players from the arch-rival Southlake Dragons team joined them as a show of unity.

"We were together with some people in our grade, and we prayed with a few of our friends," said Coppell student Kate Perlioni.

"Everybody cares so much about what happened to him," added student Carson Reynolds. "It's just a tragedy."

One week ago, Jacob Logan appeared with some of his teammates on Channel 8's "High School Sports Special" to talk about the Cowboys' success so far this season.

"Anybody can be a playmaker if you're put in the right situation," Jacob said. "These coaches and Coach McBride do that, so I feel that any person at any given time can be a playmaker."

Jacob was Coppell's leading receiver last season and has been a starter on the team for three seasons. Eight colleges have shown interest in him, including Texas Tech and Oregon, but Logan had not yet committed to any school.

Austin Fuerst attended church with Jacob. "Everybody knows that Jacob is a great Christian, strong Christian guy, and we all know that he's going to be in a better place," he said.

"I know everybody can hang in there and get through this together."

Fighting back tears Monday, Logan's sister Jordan said her brother "won the race to see Jesus."

An account for the benefit of the Logan family has been set up at Frost Bank at 102 North Denton Tap Road in Coppell. The account number is 952050293.

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