St. Louis Catholic senior tight end Charlie Drost and wide receiver/kick returner Jadon Johnson signed to continue their football careers at the collegiate level Wednesday in a schoolwide ceremony in the Commons.

Drost is headed to LSU as a preferred walk-on, and Johnson signed with Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska.

Johnson, a 2019 All-Southwest Louisiana honoree as a kick returner, recorded 45 catches for 737 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games this season (61.4 ypg).  He said his weekend visit to Wayne State “felt like home.”

“I found a coaching staff at Wayne State that believed in me, and when I went up there this past weekend it just felt like home – somewhere I wanted to be for the next 4-5 years of my academic career,” Johnson said.  “It felt like genuine love, like family from the start.  That just said it all for me.”

Johnson said his educational experience at St. Louis has shaped him well for his future.

“I’m gonna miss it here at St. Louis,” Johnson said.  “The individual accomplishments are great and help my legacy, but it’s more about me being a leader.   This year I feel like I grew as a person more for the basketball and football teams.  I’ll miss the atmosphere, the games, people, everything.  St. Louis is the greatest place to be.”

Drost had been leaning toward another school before deciding on LSU late Tuesday night, but he said he feels great about his decision.  He missed his senior season on the gridiron at St. Louis due to injury, making the chance to play at the next level even more rewarding.

“Ever since I was a little kid I’ve always been to LSU and I’ve always been to the games, so it’s always been a dream for me to do that with my family,” Drost said.  “What I like most about their campus is the location is close to home.  I’m most excited to get in a program and work hard, show what I can do, show everything I’ve learned and try to be the best.

“I got the call last night after I was going to commit to another school.  It was last minute, but I decided it’s always been my dream so I knew I wanted to go chase my dream.  It was all I could dream of to be a part of a team that has national championship associated with them.”