Lock Looking To Play Early
For Drew Lock, the whole recruiting process has been a bit different. But the 6-foot-4, 175-pound sophomore isn't your average recruit. "It's a whole new thing for me," Lock said, a smile on his face "Especially because it comes from both sides, basketball and football." Lock is a standout for Lee's Summit High School on both the hardwood and the gridiron. He picked up his first football offer earlier this year from in-state Missouri. "I really want to be able to play my sports as long as possible," he said, nodding. "I don't think I'd ever want to make it one sport until later, college-wise, if I need to. It's going to be which one is the best opportunity to play." A recent phone call from Mizzou offered Lock hope he might not have to make that decision as soon as he expected. "I've thought about playing both, and I've talked with Coach Haith at Missouri about it," Lock said of the Tigers' head basketball coach. "I was very surprised, being that I think about it. He's the one that brought it up. He asked me if I ever thought about playing both." "I It's not a deal-breaker or anything, but I do think about it. It surprised me, because I didn't mention it or anything. It would be a load, but it would be something I think about doing." Arkansas, Michigan State, Stanford, and Notre Dame have all expressed interest in the strong-armed underclassman. Despite a schedule packed with AAU basketball tournaments, Lock is hopeful to make it to a few football camps this summer. "Basketball keeps me busy most weekends," he said. "I am going to Mizzou's camp. I would like to go to Stanford's. They came in and we talked. Stanford would be nice, and Arkansas. We are going to try to go down to Arkansas sometime." Although he is only halfway through high school, the Tiger signal caller already knows what factors will play a part in his decision. "Academics is one of them, definitely," he said. "Football will end someday. Saying you have a diploma from Stanford, Notre Dame, Missouri, any Division 1 college, really, is a big thing." "Playing early on will be a big thing in choosing a college. Starting last year as a sophomore, and playing as a freshman, playing early on will be a big thing. Sitting and watching someone play when I would be the one out there producing is something I don't want to do." As with any quarterback prospect, Lock wants to play in a passing offense. But he's quick to point out there is more to his game than just putting the ball in the air. "Our school runs the spread offense, so I'm most comfortable in that. I like going under center. It's something new, and I feel like I do alright, too. I like to extend the play, get out with my feet. It's kind of like basketball, dribbling around and trying to find someone. That helps a lot in football and in basketball."
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