College tennis has always been a dream for Logan Knight.

He saw that dream come to life Tuesday as he signed his letter of commitment to Howard Payne University.

Logan, a recent graduate of Reagan County High School, said he was weighing his options between several colleges, but a recent visit to Howard Payne sealed the deal for him.

“It just felt like home,” Logan said. “From the coaches to the players to the facilities... They all made me feel very comfortable. As the visit went on, it was like, ‘This is where I am supposed to be.’”

Logan, who is the son of Brandi & Reggie Aguilar and Robert & Silvia Knight, has put together an impressive career at Reagan County High School qualifying for Regionals every chance he had and taking 2nd place at State his senior campaign.

Logan Knight rips a forehand during District Play in Big Lake in April. Logan won the District Championship before taking 2nd at Regionals and the Silver Medal at State.
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“He has been on my radar since he was a freshman,” Howard Payne Tennis Coach Brandon Hettick said. “I was able to see him play in person at the State Meet this year. It really blew me away. He has improved so much these past four years.”

Hettick, who took over the Howard Payne job in 2019 after turning the Lake View High School program around, is no stranger to West Texas Tennis. He is a graduate from Wall High School where he played tennis for his father, David Hettick.

“I know the kind of players that Coach T [Tracy Tatum-Smith] produces in Big Lake,” Hettick said. “Logan exemplifies that to me. He is a hard worker and eager to get better. I think he will make a huge impact on our team.”

Hettick said, since taking over the Howard Payne University position, he has grown their program from eight total players to 13 men and 11 women.

“I feel we are a program on the rise,” Hettick said. “We already have multiple wins under our belt, and are expanding our talent base. Logan is a big part of that expansion.”

Coach T said she knows Logan is in good hands with Coach Hettick.

“I have had the privileged to watch Coach Hettick grow from a player to an exceptional coach,” Coach T said. “Logan is fortunate to play for a young coach who knows what it takes to succeed coming from a small town.”

Coach T said she is proud of Logan and the man he has become.

“He is a special player and person,” Coach T said. “He has all the talent in the world, but more importantly he has the work ethic it will take to be successful in college.”

Coach T said it will not take long to see Logan’s success at the next level.

“I truly believe he will make an impact as a freshman,” Coach T said. “He has always been a good doubles player, and will play both at the college level. He has all of the tools you need, now he will have the time to hone in those skills.”

Moving on to college can be difficult for some 18-year-olds, but Logan said he is ready.

“The biggest thing I will miss are the people,” Logan said. “I will miss seeing Coach T every day. She is like a second mom to me. She has been a huge influence on my life and there are not enough words to express what she means to me.”

Logan said he will also miss his Reagan County teammates.

“We spent so much time together,” Logan said. “It really turns into one big family. I’ve won big matches and had some success, but the thing I am most proud of are the relationships. With my teammates and the coaching staff here.”

Logan said he will also miss his family, who have been instrumental in him becoming the player he is today.

“I can’t say enough about my mom and Reggie,” Logan said. “My mom is just so caring. She has supported my journey completely. I knew I could always look over and see her during a match, and it would calm me.”

Logan said Reggie Aguilar was instrumental in the development of his game.

“He taught me for eight years,” Logan said. “And during that time he knew how to push me to get better. He always knew how to keep me motivated.”

Logan said he knows he will miss them day-to-day, but they will always be courtside when it matters most.

“That goes for my grandparents as well,” Logan said. “They are my vocal drive. On the court I can hear them cheering me on. They have put so many miles on their vehicles supporting me. I am very blessed with a loving family.”

Logan will keep busy at Howard Payne with the tennis program, but also pursuing his degree in Business Administration with a minor in Architecture.

As far as his dream of playing college tennis, we can check that one off. The dream does not stop at college, though.

“I want to play at the professional level,” Logan said. “That is the ultimate driving force behind me. To be a professional tennis player. I will do everything in my power to improve until that is a reality.”

Having watched Logan grow over the past four years at Reagan County High School, there is no doubt in our minds he will achieve just that.