LOGAN — With family and coaches surrounding him, Braeden Spatar signed the paper that will allow him to pursue his dream of playing collegiate football.
Spatar signed his letter of intent with Tiffin University Dragons on Wednesday in the Logan High School cafeteria.
Tiffin University is located in the Northern part of the state in the city of Tiffin. He decided to join their football team after his second visit to their campus.
“I just love the program; it has a family feel down there,” Spatar said. “They have great facilities and I just wanted to be a part of something special.”
Spatar took the ‘being a part of something special’ part seriously. He did his homework and knew that Tiffin has been a winning team in recent years.
He had been contacted by other schools such as Walsh University and Lake Erie College but knew that Tiffin was the best of the three teams and that they had beaten Walsh just last season and was determined to pick the team with the winningest record.
Tiffin ended their 2019-2020 season with a 9-2 record and went undefeated in their conference, which is the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, or G-MAC.
“They are one of the best Division II teams, so it just felt like a good fit,” remarked Spatar.
Ever since he started playing football, his goal was always to play in college and if the opportunity to play ever made itself available to him, he would not hesitate to go for it.
But While Logan’s football season was in mid-swing, he thought less about college ball and more about winning some games for the Chieftains.
“During the season, I was more focused on trying to turn the program around with Logan, so I was not as focused about playing in college, and then toward the end of the season, schools started contacting me,” explained Spatar.
He continued by saying that was when he began to get more open minded about offers from colleges.
Spatar’s focus on Chieftain football proved to be successful and he led the Chieftains to a 4-6 record in his last season after the team started out 0-4.
According to Logan football historian Spencer Waugh, Spatar’s career completion percentage (.569 on 115-of-202 passing) is the second-best all-time at the high school.
Spatar’s completion percentage this season (.619 on 60-of-97) is third-best for a single season all-time, and his week-two game against Teays Valley (.818 on 9-of-11) is tied for fourth all-time for a single game.
As a runner, Spatar finishes with the most quarterback rushing yards in a season (757) and most quarterback rushing yards (1,288 for the two years he was the starting quarterback) for his career.
He seemed very proud of this moment, getting his picture taken and preparing for his next steps like maybe this day of signing would never come.
But Spatar told The Logan Daily News he always knew one day he would play college football.
Spatar is the son of Logan High School Principal Courtney Spatar and Sean and Stacy Spatar.
While at Tiffin University, Braeden will major in Criminal Justice.
Some other Logan Athletes who have signed with Tiffin in the past include Jessica Harris, Coy Blair and Nicole Beck.