|Name: Dylan Lockwood
College: Victor Valley College
Ht/Wt: 6-4 1/2, 181
Grad Date: Sp 2002
High School: Silverado HS
Hometown: Victorville, CA
*Numbers from 2002 SoCal Combine held May 4 at Santa Ana College.
Victor Valley College should be considered a sleeper pick to compete for the Foothill Conference title. Not only do the Rams have one of the nation's top receivers, but they also bring back an intriguing drop-back quarterback in Dylan Lockwood.
Lockwood, who is 6-5, 181 pounds, attended Silverado High School where it looked like baseball would be his future. But a bout of shoulder tendonitis during his senior year may have prevented him from being drafted. Baseball's loss turned out to be football's gain.
After not playing football his junior year, Lockwood returned to the gridiron as a senior and led his Silverado team to the playoffs. He recalls that his senior season passing yardage was in the neighborhood of 2,000 yards. That one successful season, however, wasn't enough to impress college scouts. With no scholarship offers, Lockwood decided to continue his playing career at nearby Victor Valley College.
Considering that Lockwood's playing experience was limited at Silverado, his first season of college ball was a big success.
"Last season I didn't really get the package until the sixth or seventh game of the season. I started all the games but I got hurt in the ninth game against Southwestern," said Lockwood.
Despite the learning curve and injury he managed to throw for about 2,700 yards with 24 touchdowns. The one number he'd like to cut down on in 2002 is 18 interceptions. Lockwood's experience should be of considerable help.
"I understand the offense now and learned how to and when to dump off to the running backs. We had many freshmen on the offense last year, too, except (RB) Kenny Thomas," said Lockwood mentioned that Thomas is likely headed to the CFL or NFL Europe. "Everybody is going to practice every day and working hard to get on the same page," Lockwood added. Players will be looking to their quarterback for leadership now that Thomas has moved on.
Lockwood has the tools and enough talent around him to potentially put up huge numbers this season. Wide receiver Jamel Richardson is an imposing 6-2, 205-pounder from Syracuse, New York, who made first-team All-Conference as a freshman. He is arguably the most exciting player in the conference and will get big-time D1 offers.
"Jamel is awesome (laugh). Probably the hardest worker on the field. He's the most competitive guy. He came from a school in New York where they didn't lose...he can't stand to lose," said Lockwood of Richardson.
The talented slot receiver, Jeremy Justice, will get some balls too. Justice played at Chaffey in 2001 but sat out 2000. Incoming freshman from New York ("A younger Jamel!") and Detroit will also try to get playing time.
In the backfield keep an eye on running back Zeke Buckhalter (5-8, 180; Granite Hills HS, Calif.), who is cited by Lockwood as another hard worker.
"Zeke is great and should be getting looks (from four-year schools). He's not very big, but strong and really fast and he can catch well. He could play wide receiver," said Lockwood.
If Lockwood has another good year, then it's likely he will land a D1 scholarship when he graduates next May. It would help him to gain some weight, too, which is something he's aware of. Nevertheless, letters are coming in from Oregon (hand written), LSU, Marshall, and others. He thinks the Thundering Herd are the most serious suitor right now, with hand written correspondence from their QBs coach. Lockwood will have three to play two wherever he ends up.
"People should see Victor Valley as a team on the rise. We're not going to be losers anymore," said Lockwood.
The Rams will open against LA Pierce and then play what should be a tough Compton squad.
VVC QB Dylan Lockwood Leads Rams' Charge
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