Erath assistant coach Lance Beal speaks highly of Carlon Grogan (6-1, 180, 4.4) and Hunter Darby (6-3, 250, 4.8).
"I'm an offensive line coach and Hunter is difficult for our line to block at defensive end," Beal said. "He's a relentless player, a defensive captain and a leader.
"Both Hunter and Carlon have the heart of a champion with raw ability. We had a rough summer workout with a camp in Lumberton, Mississippi, at King Arrowhead Ranch. These guys have been intense in practice and have given a championship effort."
Grogan ran a 4.4 at the UL Ragin' Cajuns' summer camp.
"I made it to state in the long jump," Grogan said. "I had a PR of 21-6. I learned a lot at the UL camp with their running back drills."
Beal says the Cajuns have requested senior footage of Grogan, who maintains a 3.5 GPA with a 24 on the ACT.
Darby was first-team all-district as a junior and can play either DT or DE.
"I'm getting the most interest from Nicholls State," the senior said. "My strength is my pass rush. I'm also hearing from McNeese State, ULM and Northwestern State."
Erath finished 3-7 last year. The Bobcats are up against Highway 14 neighbor Delcambre in week one, followed by two contests vs. small school powers Catholic-New Iberia (reached 2A quarters in 2011) and Vermilion Cathoic (13-1, 1A semifinals).
Grogan (left) and Darby (right) are pictured below prior to practice last week.