Lockett Talks UCLA, USC Camps

2014 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei defensive back Jonathan Lockett is working hard this summer to show coaches that he is ready to play at the next level and land that first offer. He has already attended the Trojans' camp as well as UCLA's elite camp earlier this month, and plans to keep working to improve his skills...

Jonathan Lockett might not have any offers on the table just yet, but the future looks bright for the young defensive back as he is already hearing from some big time programs.

"I don't have any offers yet, but USC, UCLA, California, and Oregon are looking at me very closely," Lockett said.

Lockett attended USC's skill camp as well as the elite camp at UCLA earlier this month and feels like he showed his skills and learned a lot at both.

"USC's camp went really good," Lockett said. "I could've done better, but I learned a lot. They helped me by teaching me what I was doing wrong and telling me what I was doing right. There was a lot of competition there. I worked on some new DB drills and new techniques—like jamming.

"UCLA's camp also had a lot of good competition and I learned some different coverages there. After both camps, I talked to their DB coaches and they were telling me how much they liked me and said I was on their recruiting boards for 2014."

Lockett feels like he could be close to pulling an offer in from his childhood favorite.

"I think I'm really close to getting an offer from USC," Lockett continued. "They told me to just keep competing and I would get an offer soon and said they would be recruiting me harder."

For the athlete who grew up a fan of the Trojans, being on Howard Jones Field was a surreal feeling.

"They (USC) have been my favorite team since I was a little boy so it felt real good being there. It was a great environment and as soon as I stepped on the field it was like, ‘this is it—this is USC'."

Lockett isn't planning on attending any other camps this summer, but says he is going to keep working to get better while he waits for the offers to start coming in.

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