Maryland has a number of offers out to Texas recruits this year, and while many elite Lone Star State prospects have their sights set on the in-state programs or SEC schools, Terps' assistant Keenan McCardell's message is resonating with several of them. The new UMD receivers' coach, who is from the Houston area, seems to be relating well to the Texas high schoolers and has a couple set to check out College Park, Md., this offseason.
One who just recently announced he'd make the trek East is three-star cornerback William Lockett (Manvel, Texas), who claims offers from Indiana, Oregon State, Michigan State, Houston, Maryland and Louisiana Tech.
"Maryland is a school I definitely want to look at," the 5-foot-11, 170 pounder said. "They offered me like two months ago and seem really excited about me. I know it's a Big Ten program, which I really like because it's great competition.
"And they want to keep me at cornerback, which is a great thing, and Coach [Keenan] McCardell said I'd have an opportunity to get on the field early there. He was talking about how they had a freshman corner [Will Likely] play last year when one of their seniors went down, and I looked [Likely] up and I was like, ‘Whoa, that kid can play.' So that makes me think if I went there I might be able to do something similar."
Lockett went on to say that he and McCardell are in touch regularly. Moreover, the Texas corner said the UMD assistant has been by Manvel already and should be back at some point this spring.
"I have a really good relationship with Coach McCardell," Locket said. "He's from around here and grew up not too far from where I am now. We have that kind of connection, and if I went there I'd already have a comfort level because he knows me and my background. I really enjoy talking to Coach McCardell."
McCardell isn't the only one in his ear about Maryland, however. Evidently his volleyball coach at Manvel is a UMD graduate herself, and Lockett has taken the time to talk to her about the school.
"Well, when she heard I had the offer she told me to go there of course," Lockett said laughing. "She said the campus is really beautiful and how it's great academics. She was talking about how they offer opportunities with internships and everything in D.C. So it sounds like a place I want to check out, and I want to see it for myself."
Lockett also has a direct connection to the nearby area. His entire mother's side of the family lives in Philadelphia, Pa., and the Locketts return East every year to visit. When they trek to Philly again in early to mid-June, William Lockett plans to stop in College Park for his first look at Maryland.
"I go back East often enough, and I'm comfortable out there. If I went to college at Maryland or somewhere around there it would be good to have family nearby," Lockett said. "My grandmother moved down to the Houston area before I was born, and my mom came down to live with her. But I think my mom actually wants to go back and live [in Philadelphia], so she's probably going back up there next year when I'm in college anyway."
While Lockett is eager to check out Maryland, there are plenty of other suitors to consider. He already has trips to Oregon State and Michigan State set up, and he also want to return to Baylor, a school that's interested but hasn't offered yet. Lockett is drawing looks from Utah, Wisconsin and others as well and could conceivably trip to those schools should they pull the trigger.
"I don't want to say any leaders yet, but if I was forced to pick a school right now it would be Michigan State," Lockett said. "They have the No. 1 defense around, and it's like ‘DB U.' They have a great cornerbacks coach, they put successful corners into the League, and I have a great relationship with their coaches. I hear it's a great school, they have a great training facility and a great fan base too."
If all goes according to plan Lockett, who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, would like to have his school chosen before the fall.
"I'm thinking in August, right before the season starts," said Lockett, who had 45 tackles, two forced fumbles, on recovery, two interceptions, 12 pass breakups and a pick-six last year. "That way I can just concentrate on football and school and not worry about recruiting."
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