Lockie Checking On Northwestern

Northwestern is still in search of a quarterback for the 2012 recruiting class and Danville, Calif. quarterback Jeff Lockie is hoping to be that guy. The standout quarterback is planning on calling Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall to see where he stands.

During a recent phone call with McCall, Jeff Lockie learned that he was high on Northwestern's board. NU is in search of a quarterback for this recruiting class and Lockie is curious as to where he stands.

"I'm going to probably get on the phone with Coach McCall and probably figure everything out," Lockie said. If those (scholarships) open up, I'll be pretty excited."

The quarterback has tried to stay in contact with coaches—McCall included. The two came in contact in the spring, and Lockie threw in front of McCall. The talented quarterback is hoping his strong showing left a positive impression with the NU coaches.

Networking is the key to Lockie's recruitment. Now, he's hoping it leads to an offer.

"We're just trying to keep communication with as many schools as we can," Lockie said. "If the opportunity comes with an offer, you have to be ready for that."

Lockie (6-2, 185) holds an offer from San Diego State, and has picked up interest from Northwestern along with Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and others.

Even with plenty of interest coming in, Lockie is very high on Northwestern. While he has not set any rankings, NU is one of his favorites.

"A lot of schools are going to come into play but Northwestern is always at the top of the mix," Lockie said. "When you put in their level of play and academics, it's something my family and I really care about. They're always going to be at the top."

The next step for Lockie is to visit Northwestern's campus—something which he has not yet done.

"That's what I'll probably talk to Coach McCall about—coming in for an unofficial or camp," Lockie said.

Even from a distance, Lockie has paid attention to Northwestern's play. From what he's seen, the quarterback is impressed.

"The recent success with Coach Fitzgerald, you can definitely see it," Lockie said. "With the bowl game last year, you can see they're getting better."

Lockie remains highly interested in the Wildcats, and is looking forward to seeing campus in the near future. Now, the only thing missing is a scholarship offer. Lockie is planning on making his decision before the end of the summer. In the meantime, Lockie hopes for more offers to emerge.

"I wouldn't say (I'm in) a rush, but sometime this summer, I want to get it figured out before my senior season," Lockie said. Also, classes get filled up with quarterbacks. I want to do it before the end of the summer. Whatever happens happens."

As a junior, Lockie completed more than 60 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,449 yards and 32 touchdowns. He was named second-team all-state.

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