Good Fit with Lockett and UCLA

Dec. 19 -- Scout caught up with Manvel cornerback Will Lockett after an awards dinner where he was a finalist for the Houston area’s defensive player of the year. At the conclusion, Lockett spoke about his commitment to UCLA, how his focus on workouts has changed and what led him to Los Angeles...

He’s already made the choice where he wants to go.

And even when there was a slight curiosity to check out elsewhere, the roads led back to Cali. Now that Alvin (Tex.) Manvel defensive back William Lockett has made the choice to take his talents to UCLA, he goes into each day with a new outlook.

It was not but two weeks ago that the 6-foot, 190-pound and his team battled, but fell short in the Texas State playoffs. Now, it’s all business.

“From now on, my main focus is college and the NFL. It’s not longer high school football,” Lockett said. “My mind needs to be more mature to get me ready for the next level, getting ready for my college career.”

This past season was a successful one for his team, after suffering a lone loss, which was in the regional finals. For Lockett, it was equally good. He finished with 53 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks.

But as he already mentioned, it’s time to get better. Though he was happy with the results as they are.

“This past season really made me who I am. I became a better defensive back and I developed a leadership role as a senior,” Locket t said. “But it (the season) didn’t end the way we wanted it to end. Now I have to keep progressing and moving forward.”

And Bruin fans across the country have read up to this point, progression is currently happening. But his play before the improvement was enough to gain the attention of the UCLA coaches, plus a host of others. 

He said that he could, according to the coaches play anywhere in the secondary. And if it’s an opportunity, he wants to show what he can do as soon as possible.

“The coaches project me as a corner, or a safety. They like that I am physical and I run to the ball,” Lockett said. “I can cover anybody on the field. Really, I want to get on the field as soon as possible. I’m looking forward to learning new techniques so that I can be a better player.”

Looking back at the time when he made the decision to commit to UCLA and after making his official visit, Lockett reflected on a number of factors that led to his final decision.

It could be summed up in one word: Family.

“One of the key reasons was definitely the way they treated my mom. The treated my whole family like we were already part of UCLA,” Lockett said. “It was as if I was already one of their teammates.”

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