Locker will walk-on with hometown school

Last fall, one of the top linebackers in the California JUCO ranks was Allen Hancock's Brennan Locker (6-2, 22). The tackling-machine had a few four-year schools interested in what he brought to the table, but because he wasn't going to finish up until next week they took a pass. However, things have worked out for the best and now he plans to play for his hometown school as a walk-on…

"I'm going to walk-on at Nevada," a satisfied Locker told "I'm just finishing up this quarter (at Hancock) next week and I'll report there on June 4th to start summer school and offseason workouts with the team."

Locker graduated in 2006 from Reno High School in Nevada and figured he would just begin working following his prep career.

However, Locker moved to southern California to live with his father and decided to pick up the game he loved again.

"Hancock was close to home and after I met with coach (Kris) Dutra it was just what I was looking for so I came here and I've been really happy here," Locker told in November.

As a freshman in 2008, after not seeing football action for over two years, Locker put up solid numbers finishing second on the team with 56 tackles from his strongside linebacker position.

This past season, Locker doubled his tackle total, posting 112 tackles, three sacks and four interceptions while playing mostly in the middle, but also rotating outside as well.

"If he had been able to be done in December he would have been gone by now because there were a few schools interested in him, but they wanted him in for spring football," Dutra told in February. "He's a really instinctive player and I felt he was the best linebacker in our league the past two years. He's strong and he's smart and I think he deserves the chance to play football at the next level, someone just have to give him the chance."

Walking on can be tough on a player psychologically, but he's been told by the Wolfpack coaches that he has a chance to earn a scholarship if he plays like they think he can.

"I had some chances to sign with other schools, but I got ‘slow-played' by a few of them and when I sat back and thought about it, playing for Nevada was the best opportunity for me," Locker said. "I can play in front of my friends and family and I'm just really excited about the opportunity."

Locker will have three years to play two once he arrives in Reno next month.

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