RECRUITING: Lockett's Stock Keeps Rising

Like many in the Louisiana/Mississippi Gulf Coast region, Hahnville (La.) Boutte four star defensive end Kentrell Lockett and family are finally getting their lives back in order after the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. His season delayed, Lockett's gridiron talents were not about to leave him displaced.

(Kentrell Lockett profile)

"We went to Texas just to be safe," Lockett recalled. "When we got home, everything was pretty much okay."

High school football has long been the rage in Louisiana but the season took a back seat to a hurricane that devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. The season was delayed by several weeks but now things are settling down in Hahnville where the Tigers, who won the state championship two years ago, are once again taking the field on Friday nights.

Once the season got underway, Lockett picked up right where he left off from a sensational junior season in which he amassed 70 tackles, 15 sacks, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Hahnville went 12-1 last season, and are yet again one of Louisiana's top teams.

"I have like six sacks and 23 tackles so far this season," Lockett told Gator "I believe I have six or seven tackles behind the line."

Blessed with a 6-5 250 frame, quickness off the football, raw speed and not to mention sound numbers, is there any question that the phone has been ringing?

Lockett currently has scholarship offers from all the five schools that he lists among his favorites: Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, West Virginia and UCLA.

As a matter of fact, the conversation with Gator Country was interrupted briefly by a call from an Alabama coach.

"See there, that's what it's been like," Lockett said. "One call after another."

Under the bizarre file, LSU has not been in contact with Lockett, who grew up a Tiger fan. There is little question that if given the opportunity Lockett would speak to a member of the LSU staff should they make the call. Another school that has been making the calls is Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have begun to make an all out assault for his services.

Three other SEC schools remain, including Florida. Lockett said that he loves the unbelievable atmosphere in "The Swamp". The Gators will have to convince Lockett that Gainesville is not too far away from home.

To date, Lockett only has one official visit scheduled, where he'll travel to Oxford to visit the Ole Miss campus on December 3rd.

Until then, Lockett will continue to try and elevate his stock. The Tigers defeated rival Patterson 21-20 last weekend. Hahnville currently sports a 4-0 record.

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