Lockett excited Wilcox will join USC staff

2014 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei cornerback Jonathan Lockett checked in on Tuesday for the Semper Fi All-American Bowl and updated SCPlaybook on his commitment to USC and the Trojans' new staff...

USC commit Jonathan Lockett will be playing this week in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl in Orange County (Calif.).

The 2014 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei cornerback says it's a relief his recruitment is over since flipping from Washington to USC shortly after Steve Sarkisian accepted the Trojan head coaching position.

"It's been very stressful but at the end it's worth it and usc has been my dream school," Lockett told SCPlaybook during Semper Fi registration on Tuesday. "I am very excited and now I'm home."

Lockett, who committed to Sarkisian when he was the head coach at UW, says the addition of Justin Wilcox as defensive coordinator at USC makes the Trojan situation even better.

"I know [Wilcox] very well," Lockett explained. "That was a big reason I went to Washington –- how they play their defense and how they play their cornerbacks."

The four-star recruit is also familiar with the other newcomers to Sarkisian's staff due to the multiple unofficial visits he took to Seattle, "I know them very well – I went up there on unofficials about three times and talked to all of them and I like all of them. Them coming down to USC is a big part of my decision," Lockett said.

Lockett plans to play cornerback at USC and also wants to contribute to special teams immediately, "I'm going there to work hard," he said. "I'd like to [get in the starting lineup] and I'll just work hard and if I can get a starting spot that'd be great."

USC is set to return at least five scholarship cornerbacks to its 2014 roster including starter Kevon Seymour, Ryan Henderson, Anthony Brown, Devian Shelton and Chris Hawkins. Josh Shaw, who started at cornerback, has yet to announce if he will return to USC or announce early for the 2014 NFL draft.

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