"I like the way he sets up the game," said the Harrisonburg, Va. native. "He's a hard-nosed coach, and that fits in well with the way I play."
Lokey is being recruited by assistant coach Bill Stewart, who covers Virginia for the Mountaineers. The affable Stewart has also made an impression on Lokey.
"Coach Stewart is a great guy. We've kept in touch over the past few months, and he's helped me out a lot."
Of the players attending West Virginia's rising senior camp last month, Lokey was one of the smaller offensive linemen in attendance. At 6-3 and 260 pounds, however, he has plenty of room to fill out and get to the size needed to play high Division 1 football.
Lokey has a busy summer schedule ahead, with a number of camp trips on his slate.
"I plan on going to camps at North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, James Madison and Richmond," Lokey said of his camp schedule. "I want to visit as many places as possible."
Although Lokey has yet to receive any offers, he does expect to be receiving some soon, and also believes that interest in him will pick up after recruiters see some of his games during his senior year.
"I think I'm going to have a great season, so I think I will be able to raise some eyebrows and get some more attention," Lokey said of the recruiting process. "I've been lifting and working on my foot speed, and I'm also working on my explosiveness. I practice on the 20-yard shuttle, and I'm doing a lot of box jumps and squats."
Lokey believes he will also get additional attention as his team moves through the season. Harrisonburg was 9-1 last year, and "doesn't lose a lot" according to the offensive line prospect.
"We could go 9-1 or 10-0 this year. This district is tough, but I feel like our team is going to be very good," Lokey said.
The rising senior camp was Lokey's second visit to the West Virginia campus - he also attended on junior day earlier this year.
"I liked the facilities and campus a lot, but it looked better before they started tearing it up," he said with a laugh of the renovations and new construction that is the norm at WVU's athletic facilities at the moment. "But I'm sure it's going to be a wonderful place to be when it's finished. The facilities and field are great."
Lokey says he has tried to make a list of favorites, but that new information he receives caused him to change the order of schools almost weekly. He says he is now concentrating on learning about each school he visits, and is not in a hurry to make a decision.
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