James Locke Keeps Picking Up Offers

Beaumont (Central), Texas defensive back (primarily strong safety) James Locke III keeps picking up offers. He added a couple of major ones the last two days with Georgia today and Oklahoma State on Thursday.

"I mean, I was kind of amazed by it," Locke said of the attention. "(Oklahoma State) has been recruiting me for awhile and I was a little shocked they offered. They came to my school and we were practicing in our athletics period and Coach (Van Malone) said they were going to offer, but I didn't know until my dad told me because our head coach (Toby Foreman) had told him. They had told me they were going to offer me when I went to their junior day."

None of this should surprise Locke as the 5-11, 189-pounder has impressed on the football field, averaging around 80 tackles the last two seasons and showing he is a run enforcer coming up from safety.

He has also shown the ability to force fumbles. If you watch the hit inside the 10-yard line against Vidor and see him pop the ball loose and it go the other way, that is a good example.

Locke has offers from the likes of Arizona State, Baylor, Michigan State, Mississippi, Missouri, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Stanford, TCU, and UCLA, along with Oklahoma State and Georgia.

Locke said he has no timetable for his recruitment and he is just enjoying the process. He is going to take it easy on camps this summer as Central has opted for more two-a-days in August.

Locke, who ran a 4.52 in the forty at the Nike Combine and also had a 34-4 vertical jump, said he going to take it easy with maybe three school visits this summer. He has had hamstring injuries the past two seasons.

"It was my right hamstring as a sophomore and my left one my junior season," Locke elaborated. "I am 110 percent right now, completely healthy, and I want to go into the season that way."

Locke is an excellent student and said he is looking to major in mechanical engineering. Note the Northwestern and Stanford scholarship offers. Of course, the interest in engineering can only help Oklahoma State with its strong engineering school.

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