Lockheart hopes for D-1 opportunity

Those looking for a corner who can play press, man-to-man or who can play zone with equal ability should keep an eye on Highland CB Arias Lockheart (6-0, 185). As a starter for the Scottie's last fall, the talented corner posted 33 tackles and generally followed the opponents' best wideout all over the field and held his own during his first season of college football...

Lockheart prepped at Shawnee Mission East (Kansas City, Ks.) High School and was set to attend Fort Scott, but decided to transfer shortly after arriving there.

"I just had some family stuff come up and I wanted to be closer to home," Lockheart told JCFootball.com recently. "It was between Hutchinson and Highland and because it was closer to home, I felt like it would be better for me to be here (at Highland) and I'm happy with where I chose to go."

As a freshman last fall, Lockheart said he started out playing left corner, but soon he was asked by the Scottie coaches to man-up on the top wideout the opponent had to offer.

"Eventually I just followed them around, wherever they went," Lockheart noted. "I took it as a challenge and thought I did well, but I can do better, you can always do better, so this summer that's what I've been focusing on -- getting stronger and just working on my footwork and my technique -- so that I can play the best I can play.

"I like coming up and being physical, but mostly I just like to hit. I can play safety or corner, whatever a team needs me to do. I have good speed (4.4) and I'm quick out of my breaks and I'm working hard to get quicker and to get bigger so I can be even more physical."

After the season was completed, Lockheart had a walk-on offer from Oklahoma State and nearly took the opportunity, but because he didn't have enough credits, he'll need to return to Highland this fall and that could benefit schools looking for a talented corner.

"I'm still looking at (Oklahoma State) because they are still recruiting me, but I couldn't go there this summer because I didn't have enough classes," Lockheart said. "I'm hearing from Southern Utah, Eastern Kentucky and Nevada right now and I have some other schools that like me, but said they want to see me some more this fall before they really start recruiting me harder."

Lockheart is on pace to finish his AA degree in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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