But he wanted to wait until he got home, let the summer play out, and make sure it wasn’t a decision based on emotion and it just being fresh in his mind.
So about six weeks following his visit, Lockett was ready to announce his future as a Bruin.
Lockett committed during UCLA’s first week in camp and couldn’t be happier.
“I wanted to make sure I visited UCLA before I made a commitment,” said Lockett. “I went in to that visit with an open mind. When I was there, I was blown away. I loved L.A. It’s a whole different feel. I fell in love with the city. There is no comparison.”
“I didn’t want any more distractions before the season,” said Lockett. “I didn’t want there to be a long process. All I wanted to worry about was winning a state ring. The time was right for me to commit to UCLA.”
Before he took to Twitter to announce his verbal, Lockett let defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin know he was in.
“I talked to Coach Meat before I did it and he was so excited and fired up,” said Lockett. “Then I talked to Coach (Jim) Mora after I received my official scholarship letter and he was excited too. The way they treated me when I was on campus was like home.”
Lockett said he’s coming in as a corner but Martin wants him to be prepared to play more than one position.
“I might play safety too but I’m coming as a corner,” said Lockett. “It doesn’t matter to me which spot I play, I like both.”
Lockett met quarterback commit Josh Rosen when he was in Los Angeles and has talked with a couple of other commits via social media.
There was one familiar face in Westwood already.
“I met some of the players when I was out there, but I knew Zach Whitley because he’s from out here and we played against him,” said Lockett.
Lockett said he plans to start recruiting some players as well.
“Everyone who is going to consider UCLA, I’m going to try to get them to be a Bruin,” said Lockett.