Locke Talks OSU, OU And Texas

James "P.J." Locke has offers from nearly 15 schools including Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Baylor, Michigan State, Northwestern, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oregon State, UCLA, and Washington State, and the 5-11, 185 pound safety out of Beaumont (Central), Texas seems pretty happy these days.

"Yes sir, recruiting is going good," Locke said. "It is pretty much as good as it can be. I am not complaining."

Locke finished last season with 82 tackles and an interception with 17 passes defended and he caused three fumbles. He is a very active safety at Beaumont but he could play somewhere else on defense in college.

"I went to Oklahoma State and it was their junior day," Locke said of OSU and Stillwater, one of three schools he said he has visited thus far.

"Coach (Van) Malone had been trying to get me up there for so long and I was supposed to go for the game with OU but my flight was snowed out. This time we drove up there and it was great. Coach Malone is the corners coach and he said they would like to play me as a big corner, you know like you see in the NFL and with the Seattle Seahawks like Richard Sherman. It doesn't matter to me where I play."

Locke is more than capable of being physical, which you can see if you watch any tape of him. He does come up strong against the run and make a lot of tackles. You could see him playing press man coverage as a cornerback too.

He has a 320-pound bench press and 410-pound squat. He can also put up 15 reps on the 225-pound bench rep test. He has a 4.52 in the forty, plenty good enough to see time at corner.

The other two schools he has visited are Texas and Oklahoma.

"Texas was a junior day and you can tell how attitudes have changed down there." Locke said. "I spent about equal time with coach (Vance) Bedford and coach (Chris) Vaughn. It is a good opportunity. playing at Texas.

"I went to Oklahoma and it wasn't a junior day, I just called them and went there on my way to Oklahoma State in Stillwater," Locke explained. "I met with coach (Mike) Stoops and coach (Tim) Kish and they showed us around, my dad and I, and gave us a tour. It was interesting."

Locke said he wants to go somewhere that can give him the instruction he needs to get better as a football player and have a chance to play at the next level in the NFL. He says relationships are important. He wants a coach or coaches he can talk to about anything off the field. Academics are also important, but right now he seems fixated on finding that right football mix. He certainly has plenty of choices.

He also competes in track, but said right now coming off a hamstring injury the coach is taking his time before getting him back in competition on the track. That is giving him time to focus on his recruiting.


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