Central Catholic stars shine at Jackson NUC

Central Catholic juniors Jovon Johnson and Lloyd Grogan made the trip from Morgan City, Louisiana, to Jackson (Ms.) yesterday for the National Underclassmen Combine. How did they fare?

"I did great at the combine," said Lloyd Grogan, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound hybrid outside linebacker/strong safety. "I won MVP as defensive back and got invited to Atlanta for the Ultimate 100 Combine.

"It was great out there. They had competitive guys out there, but everyone was getting along. It was great."

Grogan reports current offers from Louisiana Tech and Texas A&M, and his favorite program is LSU. He led Central Catholic's football squad to a berth in the Class A quarterfinals last year. In addition, Grogan helped the Eagles to a quarterfinal appearance in basketball.

The junior averaged 26 points per game on the hardwood, while rushing for 701 yards and 15 touchdowns on the gridiron. He recorded close to 70 tackles on defense for CCMC, which finished the year with an 11-2 mark.

With Grogan, Johnson, and super-sophomore Dontrell Brown returning this fall, the Eagles are penciled in as an early favorite to take the Class A state football title.

Yesterday, Johnson accompanied Grogan to Jackson for the NUC.

"Neither Lloyd nor I tested as good as we wanted, but we dominated the one-on-one drills," said Johnson. "Honestly, if Lloyd wasn't there, I feel like I'd have gotten the DB MVP. I'm not going to lie, though. He clinched it."

Johnson (5-10, 190, 4.63) has spent substantial time at LB in high school, but the junior likely projects as a strong safety in college. He collected 64 stops in 2010 with 10 tackles for loss and five sacks.

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