Louisiana: Top '13 Defensive Sleepers

Read further as we identify a handful of standouts who are still waiting on their first scholarship offer.

Taylor Cochran (St. Charles Catholic) - This 300-plus pound defensive tackle was the focal point of a defense that allowed a miserly 90 points through 15 contests in 2011. St. Charles didn't lose any of those contests, running roughshod through its schedule on the way to a perfect season and first-ever state championship in school history. The 3A Comets relied on Cochran to clog the middle. The junior was an agile and active force after dropping his weight from 370 to 300 pounds prior to the '11 season. He can bench press 370 lbs., squat 600, and is getting significant interest from Tulane and North Texas. Cochran went to Junior Day at Texas A&M. He collected 90 unassisted tackles during the year and set up an all-important TD in the state finals with a blocked punt.

Lyn Clark (O.P. Walker) - A 6-foot-2 outside linebacker in the 215-pound range, Clark captured LB Most Valuable Player honors over four-star OLB Kendell Beckwith (East Feliciana) at the Baton Rouge National Underclassmen Combine last month. Clark is an edge rusher who loves to compete. He truly enjoys the game and is the younger brother of former University of Michigan and Archbishop Rummel defensive back Carvin Johnson. Clark notched 10 sacks for the New Orleans West Bank (Algiers) based Chargers, who advanced to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs before losing 35-34 in overtime on the road to Teurlings Catholic. Clark (pictured below) plays for the same program that produced five-star DT Anthony Johnson (LSU), four-star DB Dwayne Thomas (LSU) and Devin Powell (Tulane). Clark is garnering interest from Tulane, which signed Chargers in back-to-back recruiting classes (RB Robert Kelley in '11) and the UL Ragin' Cajuns. Clark (pictured below) enjoyed the personal attention that he received from the Cajuns' staff at UL's Junior Day last weekend.

Claude George (Acadiana) - George (6-3, 225) lines up at DE for the Rams, who were the 5A state champs a couple of years ago. George started that year as a sophomore, when he registered 40 tackles and 10.5 sacks. He's spent time at both outside linebacker and end for head coach Ted Davidson, and does a phenomenal job of pursuit from the back side. Acadiana finished last season with an 8-3 mark. The Rams' only losses were to 10-1 St. Paul's, a tough Barbe (9-4) team, and Archbishop Rummel (10-2) in the second round of the playoffs. George had a heckuva game in Acadiana's 32-14 thrashing of district foe Carencro, a team that went 13-2 and ultimately advanced to the 5A finals. George can move; he recovered a fumble and motored 90 yards for a TD vs. Lafayette High.

Lamar Grogan (Central Catholic-Morgan City) - The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Grogan has a similar skill set to Clark and George (mentioned above). Grogan is approximately an inch taller than his older brother Lloyd Grogan, a '12 three-star LB/S hybrid from Central Catholic who signed with Louisiana Tech. Lamar favors Tech, where he could play with his brother in the future, but he's also open to playing alongside teammates Dontrell Brown (WR) and Joshua Singleton (CB/WR/QB) in college. That particular trio attended Junior Day with Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns last weekend. Lamar has above-average dexterity. He easily averaged double-digit scoring for Central Catholic's hoops team, which went 23-5 and was seeded first in the Class A postseason bracket. On the gridiron, Central Catholic enjoyed a 10-3 season and a quarterfinal appearance against eventual state champ Ouachita Christian.

"As a junior I had 60 tackles, two forced fumbles, two touchdowns and one defensive touchdown," said Grogan to Fox Sports/Scout.com in December 2011.

A few weeks ago, Lamar was named LB MVP at the National Underclassmen Combine held in Jackson, Mississippi. He took part in the subsequent NUC 5-Star Showcase at Zachary High School.


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