Impact Report: Jonathan Lockett

Washington beat out several schools for the commitment of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Ca.) CB Jonathan Lockett. Today we take a look at how his decision impacts the rest of the Husky 2014 recruiting class and how he fits into the long-term plans in the secondary...

The decision: It wasn't a shock that Lockett decided to choose Washington. They were one of his top three schools and he enjoyed his trip to Seattle and the Rising Stars camp, however, the fact that he didn't take his planned unofficial visit to Oregon was a bit of a surprise. Lockett had long had the Huskies, Ducks and UCLA in his final three and shortly after leaving Montlake with his family, Lockett announced via twitter that he had committed.

The Skills: Lockett grabbed seven picks as a junior last season, so he obviously has the ball skills necessary to play the position, but what scouts really like about him is his fearless attitude and how he goes about his business. Lockett isn't afraid to match up against anyone, a prerequisite if you are going to play cornerback in the Pac 12, and he is smooth in and out of his backpedal. One thing that really stuck out to me was how he located the ball on deep throws and timed his jump just right to either get a hand on the ball and tip it away or to make the interception. He's also got long arms, something that will definitely help him in zone coverage as well.

Impact On The 2014 Class: Lockett is one of the top cover-corners in the west and the Huskies most definitely will figure out a way to fit him into the class, even if he decides to take visits to other schools. Washington wanted to take two corners in this class and two safeties and Lockett was the first of that defensive back class to commit (he was followed shortly by safety Lavon Washington).

With Lockett in the boat, the Huskies can now turn their complete focus to another top corner prospect, Lamar (Houston, Tx.) CB John Plattenburg who recently transferred there from Corona (Ca.) Centennial. Plattenburg is very high on the Huskies and they appear to be in great shape for him. If UW were able to garner commitments from both Lockett and Plattenburg they would be set at the position and would likely have one of the top corner classes in the country.

How He Fits: Washington has been blessed over the past couple years with some solid commitments in their secondary, particularly at corner. This past February, the Dawgs got signatures from two big corner prospects -- Jermaine Kelly and Kevin King -- and, when 2014 rolls around and Lockett shows up, he will have to battle them along with senior CB Travell Dixon and fourth-year junior Marcus Peters. The Huskies also will have two third-year players in Cleveland Wallace and Brandon Beaver with the latter possessing the size and quickness to play either corner or safety. The hope will be that Lockett and whoever decides to join him (likely Plattenburg) can redshirt and give themselves a chance to mature and get bigger with the chance to challenge for playing time as redshirt freshmen in 2015. Top Stories