In-Home Visit Changes Things

When UCLA's Head Coach, <B>Karl Dorrell</b>, visited Diamond Bar (Calif.) athlete <b>Bret Lockett</b> last week, things changed for Lockett...

With all three of his official visits taken, Diamond Bar (Calif.) receiver/safety Bret Lockett (6-2, 195) will now spend the next week deciding on where he is going, and hopes to have a decision by Wednesday of next week.

"I'm done with my trips. My family and I are going to talk about where I'm going and I'll decide next week," said Lockett.

Both UCLA and Oregon State coaches have made their in-home pitches, and Arizona will come into the Lockett home at the beginning of next week. After that, Lockett said it will be decision time.

"They are all pretty even right now," Lockett said. "Each school stands out to me. Oregon State, they are on the rise, Arizona is an up and coming program and UCLA is also up and coming, and it's close to home. I really like the campus there, too."

Initially offered a scholarship as a grayshirt by UCLA, Lockett said when head coach Karl Dorrell made his in-home visit last week, he offered him as a regular fall entry.

"That definitely makes an impact for them (UCLA). I feel I can come in and contribute right away. My mom and dad really want me to go to UCLA. That's where they are pushing. It's a great academic school too."

Lockett had also visited Arizona and commented about his trip to Oregon State. He said, "It was a good trip. I mean, Corvallis isn't L.A., but I could get used to it if I had to."

Each of the three schools he has visited want to bring him in as an athlete, with the decision where to play him to come later.

Lockett has a total of five offers, from the three schools he visited as well as Utah and Boise State.

Lockett spent the early part of 2005 in Miami playing in the CaliFlorida Bowl, an experience he said was "real fun and memorable."

He has a 3.07 GPA and is awaiting his SAT score.

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