DB with name and play cache tripping to WSU

AMONG THE OFFICIAL visitors in Pullman this weekend, a 5-10, 170 defensive back with a WSU offer in his back pocket. He's traveled off the recruiting radar this season but he's from the Evergreen State, a two-time MVP of his conference and, as a QB and DB, his play was anything but quiet this season. He also has a name instantly recognizable to Pac-10 college football fans.

Casey Locker, whose cousin Jake Locker is the highly visible Huskies' quarterback, will be taking in the Palouse sights and sounds this weekend on his official visit to Washington State.

"Probably it's the Cougs right now who are at the top," said Locker.

In addition to the Cougs, Washington, Eastern and Idaho have offered.

Locker said he won't rush his decision but it also probably won't go all the way up until Feb. 4, Letter of Intent Day, either.

WITH WAZZU, LOCKER said the coaching staff and college campus are among the things that stand out, having taken an unofficial visit to Washington State this summer.

Beyond his football skills, Locker said Washington State has told him they like how he approaches the game mentally.

"I like the coaching staff a lot. I like the atmosphere of a small town and I liked it over in Pullman when I went over there earlier in the year... and I think (they liked) that I just like to play and I like to win," said Locker.

Washington State, said Locker, has been in steady contact this season. He has stayed off the radar for most fans who follow recruiting mostly because he's hard to reach given a chock full schedule of football and baseball, and becausehe simply doesn't like to talk about himself or his accomplishments -- he originally declined an interview with CF.C this summer before deciding to answer a few questions.

Indeed, it's pretty much all about the team for Locker. Case in point, the self-critique of his senior season.

LOCKER, LIKE HIS cousin, was a very productive running quarterback this season for Ferndale and he also starred at defensive back.

He had an outstanding senior campaign, leading Ferndale to an 11-1 mark en route to being named the most valuable football player -- for the second straight season -- in the Northwest Conference.

He also repeated this season as a first team all-conference selection at both defensive back and quarterback.

And none of that, he says, matters nearly as much as does the one loss.

The Golden Eagles were undefeated, ranked No. 2 in the state at 11-0 and seemingly on their way to another title game showdown with Bellevue. Union, however, stunned Ferndale in the semifinals, blocking what would have been a winning field goal attempt and returning it 65 yards for a score with three ticks remaining on the clock. Union won 21-14.

"I think my season was a disappointment. We wanted to get to the (Tacoma) Dome and get to the championship game, to get our chance. So it was a disappointing season. It's more about the team thing and not about any (individual accomplishment), I just wanted to help get the guys to the Dome," said Locker.

Locker looks to project at safety at the next level. He was also a member of this past offseason's 7-On-7 Seattle based team that won an NFL national competition, and stars on the baseball diamond for Ferndale.

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