At 6-foot 4-inches, 207 pounds, Tomball Memorial High’s Logan Kyle is not a prototypical wide receiver.
Kyle, a three-year letterman heading into the 2019 season, uses his height, wingspan, and speed to snag passes. Those assigned to cover the 2020 Vanderbilt commit usually are at a serious disadvantage, or worse embarrassment if they fail to shut him down.
Sam Parker, Memorial’s head football coach and athletic director, touted Kyle as an “extremely well-put together athlete who has astounded with his progress year after year.”
“He’s always eager to get better,” Parker told Texas Scorecard. “Logan continues to show up every day and continues to be coachable.”
Kyle runs a little over 4.40 in the 40-yard dash, yet it was his hands that earned him a spot on varsity as a sophomore.
“He’s got amazing hands; he’s always has,” Parker said. “That’s something that he came to us with. He’s an extremely hard worker. You don’t actually always catch the ball extremely well, but it comes through thousands of hours of practice. And he’s put that in every single year.”
According to Parker, Kyle’s work ethic will ensure that he never comes up short for the Commodores.
“I’m sure when he gets to college, there’s going to be better athletes overall but he will never get outworked, which is going to make him super special at the next level,” the coach said.
Kyle was a serviceable target for former Tomball quarterbacks Drew Baker, a 2018 graduate currently at Texas Tech, and Chandler Galban, who transferred to Frisco Lone Star High, in his underclassman seasons. In 2018 Kyle caught 48 receptions for 1,102 yards and 12 touchdowns, and rushed for 25 yards and a score on four carries.
“With Logan … you can pretty much put the ball anywhere and Logan’s going to be able to get it,” Parker said. “To be able to miss and still be right with Logan is kind of amazing.”
He recalled three games in Kyle’s career that stood out: a 220-yard, three-touchdown outburst against Brenham High as a 10th grader, a 2018 matchup against Cypress Bridgeland High in which he broke away from three defenders on one play, and a contest against Cypress Woods High that same season, which was memorable for him putting the Wildcats on the board for their first points with a YouTube-worthy 99-yard touchdown haul.
“That 99-yard touchdown pass is part of the reason that propelled us to an 8-3 season,” Parker said.
The humble, level-headed Kyle shrugs off any praise of his on-the-field feats as he he understands that it his job to score, the coach added.
Tomball looks to build on the success it experienced in its first year as a Class 6A school. New Wildcats quarterback Colton Marwill will have the luxury of throwing to one of the top receiving duos in the area in Kyle and junior Joseph Manjack.
“Stopping the two of them is going to be really tough because you can’t double both of them,” Parker said. “It’s going to be really exciting to see how many times we can put the ball in their hands.”
Regarding Kyle’s commitment to Vanderbilt, Parker said that it was “an absolutely awesome opportunity” for the SEC institution in Nashville to have offered him a scholarship.
“With the academic reputation Vanderbilt has, it’s a really, really good fit for Logan just because he makes such exceptional grades and has high standards in the classroom,” the coach, who commended Kyle’s family for their support, said.
Tomball Memorial will clash with Tomball High in a season-opening home game Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.