Over the summer, Norfolk (Neb.) 2017 big man Logan Strom made a decision to focus on basketball in college and give up football following his senior season. While he was being recruited evenly in both sports, Strom had the potential of earning some power-five offers on the gridiron, but opted to chase his first passion. 

“I’ve been playing basketball ever since I was a little kid,” Strom told NY2LASPORTS.COM. “A lot of my happiness in life is generated to basketball. Giving it up would be a major hit. I just love basketball way more than I do football.”

Strom has cut his list down to UC-Davis, Southern Illinois, Indiana State, Denver, and Kent State.  The 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward took his first official visit to UC-Davis.

“I really loved that one, I fell in love with it,” said Strom. “The coaches and players were incredible. They really treated me and my family well. The facilities are pretty much next to none and they’re located in a good spot in the country.”

Indiana State hosted Strom over the weekend.  “You can definitely tell it’s a big powerhouse basketball school,” he said. “The level of basketball out there was awesome. The guys out there were really cool and the coaches were great. You can just tell playing in the Missouri Valley that they have a really rich basketball history.”

Strom’s third official visit was to Denver on Monday and Tuesday.  “They just recently hired Rodney Billups, so they have some new blood in the program,” Strom explained. “They’re really starting on a good foot. I think he’s going to bring the program to new heights.”

Strom plans to visit Kent State the weekend of Oct. 1.  “They play in the MAC,” he said. “They’ve shown a lot of love to me and my family. They just came and visited me at football practice. The program is pretty good, so I’ll probably have to go and check that out.”

Strom is also in talks with Southern Illinois about an official as well, but nothing is scheduled at this point. He held other offers from Nebraska-Omaha, Boston, South Dakota, Missouri-Kansas City, Lehigh, Miami (OH), Vermont, Wright State, IUPUI, San Diego, North Dakota, and South Dakota State.

There is no leader in Strom’s recruitment, but he plans to make a commitment before his senior season.  “I’m trying to give everyone a fair chance,” he said. “But I think a decision will be coming pretty soon.”

Strom played for Omaha Elite during the travel season.