"I committed to UCLA because I just felt that was the best place for me," said Lockett. "It's close to home and my family and friends can watch me."
Lockett had wanted to commit to UCLA for some time, pending an offer. When the UCLA staff brought him in for his official visit in December, he said an offer there would have resulted in a commitment. But then the staff offered him as a greyshirt, and Lockett wasn't so sure. Finally, UCLA offered him as a fall entry, which changed things up yet again.
"It was tough to choose between the two, but in my heart, I wanted to be close to home, and Coach Bieniemy and Coach Dorrell are great coaches and it was the best place for me," said Lockett.
Coach Eric Bieniemy, who had been recruiting Lockett made an in-home on Monday night, then Arizona coach Mike Stoops made his pitch on Tuesday, but Lockett knew by then he was set to become a Bruin.
Lockett said the UCLA coaches want him to try safety first (he's ranked #21 at that position), but he could also get a shot at receiver, where Lockett prefers to play.
"Coach Dorrell said they want me at safety to start, but that it's a possibility for me to try receiver. I plan to make an impact right when I get there," said Lockett.
Lockett is qualified.