Locke picks up Oregon offer, who's next?

Beaumont (Tex.) Central defensive back James Locke III discusses his Oregon offer, where they stand with him and who could be offering next.

James Locke III has added to his ever growing offer list with one from Oregon. The athletic and versatile three-star Central defensive back picked up the offer from secondary coach John Neal after Neal visited him on Tuesday. He later tweeted out the good news.

Ever since establishing contact with Neal a couple of months ago Locke has stayed in touch with the veteran coach on a weekly basis and built a bond with him leading up to today's visit.

"We've built a great relationship," Locke said. "I stay in touch with him maybe twice a week. He came down and he offered me right on the spot."

Happy with the offer, Locke described Oregon as a program that is cool and prestigious. He hopes to learn more about it during a visit in the near future.

"I'm still going through the evaluation process and everything, but I'm trying to get down there to Oregon in June," he said. Locke also has plans to visit several programs in addition to Oregon during the summer.

"Pretty much all the schools on the west coast," he said. "Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford, USC and Oregon."

Still without a list of top schools, Locke mentioned that he plans to start evaluating his top programs "very soon". However, after Tuesday's events, Locke spilled the beans on one of his favorites.

"Right now, Oregon is one of my top schools," he said.

One of the reasons Locke is still waiting to break down his recruitment is because more offers could be on the way. One Pac-12 program in particular could be very close to offering after stopping by multiple times in the past week.

"The one that is recruiting me the hardest that hasn't offered is, I would say, USC," Locke said. "They came by today also. This is the second time USC has come down within a week. There were coaches here last Thursday."

Locke said the Trojans want to extend an offer, but they want to catch him when he's out on the field and demonstrating his skill set which they haven't been able to do yet due to bad weather. Regardless of the offer, Locke has been invited to camp at USC this summer by defensive backs coach Keith Hayward.

"He said he wants to bring me out to camp and check out the facilities," Locke said. "I want to get a feel for it. It may be a place I'd be living for four years."

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