Cougs & Dawgs to battle over another Locker?

HIS LAST NAME IS LOCKER, and he's from Ferndale, Wash., but he doesn't play quarterback. He does, however, offer some similarities to his cousin Jake, including his play in the defensive backfield and that he's also a force on the baseball diamond. And he already has two Pac-10 programs interested in Washington State and Washington.

Casey Locker originally declined an interview, saying he wasn't interested before later changing his mind and agreeing to a brief conversation. He holds scholie offers from Washington State and Washington.

Locker is listed at 5-10, 170 so he won't be lining up under center in college like cousin Jake Locker -- the safety spot instead looks to be the likely college destination.

"Washington and Washington State have offered. All I know is it's on defense, somewhere in the secondary. With Washington State, I know my coach sent film out to them and they came to the school in (May) and then I got a letter from them saying they had offered," said Locker.

LOCKER MENTIONED PLAYING TIME when asked what will be important to his college decision.

"What's really important is that I want to play, I don't want to go somewhere and sit behind two studs. I want a chance to play and find where I fit in and like the coaches," said Locker.

Locker said he's hearing the most from Washington State and UW, followed by Boise State. Other schools in contact have been in touch via the mail.

ANY UNOFFICIAL VISIT plans this summer were iffy, he said, because of his ambitious offseason baseball schedule. A pitcher-infielder, Locker was recently named 3A all-state by the Tri City Herald for his work in the field and got his first W for the The Bellingham King Nissan Post 7 last week.

If he were to find some time this summer, Locker said the UW, WSU and Boise State were likely destination spots but that could prove difficult.

ONE OBVIOUS QUESTION concerning Locker, in terms of his recruitment, would be that with Jake such a big focal point of the Huskies program, some recruitnicks will opine that he's a virtual lock to eventually choose the Dawgs.

How would Locker respond to those who would say that he'll probably follow in his cousin's footsteps?

"I don't really want to talk about that," said Locker.

Locker was named an honorable mention all-state defensive back by the Associated Press as a junior.

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