Bruins After Lockett

The Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei cornerback, Joanthan Lockett, said UCLA is recruiting him hard...

With nine offers under his belt, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei cornerback Jonathan Lockett (5-11, 172), is prepped for what should be a busy spring.

A number of schools plan to stop by Mater Dei, nothing out of the unusual, considering the Monarchs' history.

Still, Lockett is eager to see what this spring presents him.

"I have nine offers right now, from Oregon, Notre Dame, UCLA, Oregon State, Boise State, Washington, Arizona State, Arizona and San Jose State," said Lockett. "Utah, Michigan and USC are all talking to me a lot too and those could be next."

Lockett has a handful of schools that confirm to him their plans to visit in May.

"Oregon and Notre Dame both told me they were going to come down pretty soon, and UCLA and Washington are coming by too," said Lockett. "And Vanderbilt and Utah said they were going to come out in May."

While Lockett said no one leads, he did say that three schools are recruiting him harder than others.

"There are about three of them that are recruiting me really hard, Washington, UCLA and Oregon," said Lockett. "Coach (Keith) Heyward is recruiting me at Washington, Coach (John) Neal is recruiting me at Oregon and Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) is recruiting me at UCLA."

Lockett doesn't have an offer from USC, but coming from Mater Dei, a pipeline traditionally to USC, the Trojans have his attention.

"I fell in love with USC growing up," said Lockett. "When I was a freshman at Mater Dei, it was when Max Wittek and Victor Blackwell were seniors and I had already liked USC and then the timeline of being in school with them and them now being at USC, I was a USC fan."

In fact, Lockett plans to be there this weekend for the Trojans' Spring Game.

And Lockett plans to camp both there and at UCLA this summer.

"I'm for sure going to the UCLA Elite Camp and the USC Rising Stars Camp and then 7on7 with my team," said Lockett.

Last weekend, Lockett took in a UCLA practice.

"I just went to UCLA's practice on Saturday and I liked it a lot, it was very high intensity and I like that in practice," said Lockett. "I watched the DB's and Coach Martin the most."

Lockett's former Mater Dei teammate, Thomas Duarte, is headed to UCLA this fall and Lockett said he occasional will do some recruiting.

"He'll talk about it sometime, but since football is over I don't see him as much and don't hear about is as much," said Lockett. "But he's trying."

Lockett said he'd like to take all of his official visits before he comes to a decision.

"I'd like to take my official visits in the November and December range, but I definitely want to take all five trips if I can," said Lockett.

Part of his reason for the visits is to see schools outside the region, especially being open to leaving the West.

"I'm open to going as far as I need," said Lockett. "Like with Notre Dame, if the school is right for me, I'll go there. Location is a big thing for me, but if the best place for me is away from home, I'm going to go where it's best for me. I haven't really talked with my parents about where they prefer, but I know whatever I feel comfortable with, they'll go for it."

All of Lockett's offers have come as a corner, and several want to include him in the return game.

"I've been offered by everyone as a cornerback, but some are also recruiting me as a returner, because they like my return skills, but they want me as a corner first," said Lockett.

Lockett said he was hoping to play in the B2G 7on7 Tournament this weekend, but likely will sit it out.

"I'm taking the ACT on Saturday and trying to get up to USC's Spring Game and I kind of tweaked my groin at a 7on7 tournament so I'm trying to get it fixed and not hurt it anymore," said Lockett.

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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