Tall, Athletic Wide Receiver Says Tigers Lead

This tall and very athletic wide receiver from Georgia says that he is very interested in playing for the Auburn Tigers.

Albany, Ga.--Ricardo Lockette is a big and very athletic wide receiver who plays both ways for Monroe Comprehensive High and also shows his stuff on the track.

The 6-4, 200-pounder, who is being recruited to play wide receiver on the next level, plays wide receiver, running back and defensive end on the gridiron and compets in five events for the track team. "I have been playing football since I was seven, but I took a year off last year," Lockette says about his junior season. "I just ran track last year. I run the 200, the 400, the 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay and the high jump. And this year I won first place in the region in all five events."

The speedy senior adds that his best 200 meters time is 22.2 and that he has high jumped six feet, eight inches.

On the football field this season, Lockette says he has taken on a necessary role in Monroe's offensive system. "I have a lot of key blocks because they have had me in the backfield doing a lot fullback stuff like lead blocking and stuff like that," he explains. "I had a couple of passes out of the backfield. I had one for a touchdown and I had one for like 60 yards. At wide receiver I caught some passes, but most of them were like short passes and quick routes."

Lockette says he thinks his athleticism is one of his best attributes as a receiver. "My strength is my height and my speed because most of the defensive backs are kind of short and going to get the long ball most of them can't run with me," he notes. "And, when it is kind of high I can jump a lot higher than they can."

On the recruiting front, Lockette says he has picked up a couple of big name football offers and some other offers as well. "I have an offer from Georgia to come run track," he explains. "Also, Oklahoma, Alabama and like Valdosta State and FAMU and stuff like that, some of the smaller schools have offered me for football. And some of the smaller schools want me to play football and run track"

Along with those offers, the senior says he is hearing from a couple of other SEC football powers and that one of them is way out in front. "The closest ones are like Auburn and Georgia, but I would really prefer to go to Auburn," he says of the schools that are recruiting him but have not yet offered. "I would say Auburn is a big leader for me right now. After them it would probably be Georgia and then Oklahoma and Alabama."

Lockette says the atmosphere in and around Auburn is what sets it apart. "I like the town and the stadium." he notes. "I like the way that the whole town is just one school because my high school--we have like four high schools and all of the fans are divided and you don't really have too much support. But, I like Auburn because you have a big stadium, a great school and you have just a perfect fan club."

The big wide receiver prospect adds that he has already set up an official visit to the Plains. "I am going to the Auburn vs. Georgia game," Lockette says. "Me and Coach Nall have already talked about that. It's going to be an official visit."

He adds that he has not set up any of his other official visits to this point and does not know when he plans on doing it.

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