Commitment Analysis: William Lockett

UCLA pretty much had the cornerback prospect from Texas, William Lockett, as soon as he visited the school in June...

William Lockett
Manvel (Texas) High
Ranking: Three-Star, #70 Cornerback

SPARQ Results
William Lockett 6'0 182 NA 4.31 34.5 33.9 NA

Recruiting: UCLA had been recruiting Lockett since last winter, and UCLA Defensive Backs Coach Demetrice Martin, on his recruiting swing to Texas in May, stopped in at Manvel to see Lockett. UCLA immediately became one of Lockett's favorites and when he visited UCLA in June and participated in the UCLA camp the word was that he was pretty locked up then. He recently said he might want to take a couple of official visits before committing, but probably realized that he better snatch up the UCLA offer while it was still available. He committed to UCLA over Missouri, Michigan State, Washington, Oregon State, Louisville and Illinos.

Scouting Report: It seemed a bit unusual that, with so much defensive back talent in the 2015 class locally, UCLA needed to stretch to Texas to get a "three-star" prospect. But it's clear UCLA saw something in Lockett that belied his three-star status. Demetrice Martin likes bigger, more physical defensive backs, and particularly those who are versatile. While Lockett isn't blazingly fast (he ran a 4.6 40 at UCLA's camp) he showed on tape and at UCLA's camp that he had good quickness, good feet and better than average closing speed, whether it's breaking on the ball or the ball carrier. He shows a very quick reaction time. He is a true 6'0" and a solid 180, with a well-put-together body and a good frame to put on more muscle. He particularly shows great instincts for the ball and a good hitting ability. He is not afraid to come up and lay a hat and is solid in covering the run as well as the pass.

A bonus for UCLA is that Manvel may be the top talent-producing school in Houston. Lockett's commitment has the potential to establish a pipeline to Manvel, which has at least one recruit each year who could play at UCLA's level. In fact, 2016 safety prospect Deontay Anderson is in the top 50 and receiver Reggie Hemphill is in the Top 100. There are also potentially three more 2016 prospects at Manvel who could be offer-worthy.

As a junior in 2013, Lockett had 42 tackles, two interceptions, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble to earn First Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-State honors.

How He Fits at UCLA: UCLA is looking to sign probably 3 or 4 defensive backs in 2015 and, while it's looking good for some elite guys in the west, they mostly aren't cornerback types and Lockett is. UCLA just got a commitment from Stephen Johnson in July, but it's uncertain if Johnson will be a corner or a slot receiver. With Ray-Ray McCloud committing to Clemson and Dominic Davis surprisingly verbally committing to Washington State, Johnson very well could end up a slot receiver, so it appears UCLA took a commitment from Lockett to lock down a corner type. If you watch his highlight tape, how Lockett works in the coverage scheme his high school runs perfectly matches UCLA's nickel scheme, and he plays it with great instincts and savvy. UCLA recently has looked a little thin at cornerback, with the uncertainty over Johnny Johnson and Marcus Rios, so Lockett gives them insurance that they'll have a corner-type in the 2015 class. With Lockett's size and ability to sniff out the ball in front of him he has the capabiity of also playing safety or nickel in UCLA's scheme.

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