UCLA Stepping it Up With Lockett

The defensive back from Diamond Bar (Calif.) High, <B>Bret Lockett</b>, is having a very good senior season and has four scholarship offers under his belt. UCLA has been showing him more interest lately...

It's been a few years since Diamond Bar (Calif.) High produced a top football prospect, going back to Dominic Robinson in 2000. But the Brahmas have unearthed their next big thing in receiver/safety Bret Lockett (6-2, 195).

Lockett, who while enjoying receiver is getting most of his attention as a safety, has seen UCLA's interest in him grow recently, enough so that the Bruins are his leader.

"UCLA has come on real strong lately," said Lockett. "Coach (Eric) Bieniemy is recruiting me. He is a real down-to-earth guy. He's the type of coach I want to play for. I like Coach Dorrell a lot too. He has a real funny side to him. They are both good coaches. UCLA is recruiting me as a strong safety." While the Bruins have yet to offer Lockett, he thinks it could be just a matter of time. And while he is in no hurry to make a decision, he said a Bruin offer may be too good to pass up.

Lockett said, "If they offer, someone would have to do some real convincing for me to not go to UCLA. They are my favorite."

Lockett has four scholarship offers to date, from Utah, Oregon State, Arizona and Boise State. All but Boise State are in his top five, with USC and UCLA rounding it out.

He has set two of his official trips already, to Arizona on December 3rd, and to Utah the following weekend. Colorado would like him to visit in mid-January as well.

"I don't know about Colorado, it's kind of penciled in," Lockett said. "Hopefully I can take a trip to UCLA soon. I went to the game against San Diego State and will be there this weekend (when they host Stanford)."

So far in the 2004 season, Lockett has recorded 30 tackles, 5 sacks and an interception he returned for a touchdown. As a receiver, he has 19 receptions for 330 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Lockett said he will take his five trips unless he knows the time is right to pull the trigger. His family wouldn't mind him staying local, but they said for him to make the decision that will make him happy.

He has a 3.07 GPA and will take the SAT in November.

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