"I committed to Georgia Tech today," said Lockhart on Saturday afternoon. Jon had visited Tech last on July 7th for a camp when other buddies he met there were either already committed to GT or did it soon after. Though he hasn't kept in touch with the guys since then by phone he did keep up with the decisions they made. "Of the ones I was there with, they all committed. A.J. Jenkins, Steven Sylvester, and Richard Watson – all of them committed," he said. "And I was the final one."
In an interview after that camp, Jon told me that he was going to take a visit to Vanderbilt before making his decision but that never took place. "No sir, I decided not to and I just went ahead on with the commitment," he said. Since the camp Jon hasn't received any more offers he's just been focusing on getting ready for the 2007 season.
That camp at GT in early July really swung things in Tech's favor ultimately for Jon. He just took some time afterwards to reflect on what he was going to do. He said he knew it would be GT, "Shortly after I came back from the visit up there. I kind of knew that's where I wanted to go. I had told my parents and everything."
Lockhart lists the school environment and playing time as two big factors for making GT his choice. He said factors included, "Environment and being in Atlanta is a big plus too and the possibility of maybe getting to play in my first year." Jon said, "They are only going to have four cornerbacks after this year." Those four he referred to are Jahi Word-Daniels, Dominique Reese, Mario Butler, and Michael Peterson. "They're only recruiting two this year and I have a chance to play my freshman year."
Jon has a reputation as being a great athlete. In the Scout.com Jacksonville combine he had an eye-popping 41' vertical leap. You'd think he'd also be very much into basketball too considering that skill. He says he has played hoops for the past three seasons but will give it up this year. "I play but I'm not really into it to much," said Lockhart who prefers street ball over organized play.
Getting back to football, Jon has high expectations for himself and his future teammates. "I expect big things out of myself because I have high expectations," he said. "But if I'm a freshman and I don't get to play that much, I wouldn't be upset or anything because veterans are there and they have more experience and everything. But I expect a good season out of us my freshmen year because they have a pretty good recruiting class coming in, in 2008.
Since all the guys he knew previously on the recruiting trail are already Yellow Jackets, Jon really hasn't planned to try and convince others to join him in the class. That doesn't mean he's not open to it. "If they want me to, I will," said Lockhart.
Jon's family urged him to go ahead with this decision and they all plan on traveling to see him play in games live once he gets on campus. "They told me to go ahead with it because they liked everything about Atlanta too and they said they liked the coaches and everything. And it's not too far away from home and they can make pretty much all the home games and some away games too because it's not too far of a drive."