2015 Class: James "P.J." Locke III

With dead period upon us, eDuck.com is taking a look at each member of Oregon's current recruiting class and spotlighting what they're bringing to Eugene. In this edition: defensive back James "P.J." Locke III

James “P.J.” Locke III

Defensive back

Beaumont (Tex.) Central

5-foot-10, 189-pounds

Commitment Date — July 1, 2014

How he became a Duck — Locke started developing a relationship with Oregon secondary coach John Neal early in 2014, leading to an offer by the middle of May. From there, the Ducks were one of his top programs and he eventually visited Eugene in June, where he continued to build on his relationship with Neal and learn more about the Ducks defensive scheme. He committed to Oregon at the beginning of July on the same day as Ducks quarterback commit Travis Waller.

Quote — "I feel like I know a lot about Coach Neal. I went there to visit and felt like he was a second father. Everything he teaches with technique, I'm right on the ball with...When I asked him how he teaches DB's to play man coverage, he showed me and it was the exact thing that I was taught. That's real big on my part just because I have an advantage with that." — Locke on his unofficial visit to Oregon in June.

Bonus Quote — "I don't believe in committing and going to visit other schools. It's kind of like being married. You can't ask your wife if you can visit another female." — Locke before committing.

What he brings to the table — Locke finished with 62 tackles, seven interceptions and eight pass breakups during his senior campaign as a cornerback and safety. On film, as a cornerback and safety he plays aggressive and physical, which has been a trademark of Neal’s secondary for years.

Locke doesn’t allow much daylight between him and his man, and with his penchant for interceptions, it’s a wonder why opposing quarterbacks attempted to force throws in his direction this season. He loves to close hard and hit hard. On top of that, he has terrific chase down speed and is an adept open field tackler that displays good technique.

Locke simply gets after it on the field. He plays with an edge and couple that with his already well developed skill set, and Locke is the type of guy you could see hustling in fall camp and making an early impact.

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