Manvel (Texas) High
Ranking: Three-Star, #70 Cornerback
Recruiting: UCLA had been recruiting Lockett since last winter, and UCLA Defensive Backs Coach Demetrice Martin, on his recruiting swing to Texas in May, stopped in at Manvel to see Lockett. UCLA immediately became one of Lockett's favorites and when he visited UCLA in June and participated in the UCLA camp the word was that he was pretty locked up then. He recently said he might want to take a couple of official visits before committing, but probably realized that he better snatch up the UCLA offer while it was still available. He committed to UCLA over Missouri, Michigan State, Washington, Oregon State, Louisville and Illinos.
Scouting Report: It seemed a bit unusual that, with so much defensive back talent in the 2015 class locally, UCLA needed to stretch to Texas to get a "three-star" prospect. But it's clear UCLA saw something in Lockett that belied his three-star status. Demetrice Martin likes bigger, more physical defensive backs, and particularly those who are versatile. While Lockett isn't blazingly fast (he ran a 4.6 40 at UCLA's camp) he showed on tape and at UCLA's camp that he had good quickness, good feet and better than average closing speed, whether it's breaking on the ball or the ball carrier. He shows a very quick reaction time. He is a true 6'0" and a solid 180, with a well-put-together body and a good frame to put on more muscle. He particularly shows great instincts for the ball and a good hitting ability. He is not afraid to come up and lay a hat and is solid in covering the run as well as the pass.
A bonus for UCLA is that Manvel may be the top talent-producing school in Houston. Lockett's commitment has the potential to establish a pipeline to Manvel, which has at least one recruit each year who could play at UCLA's level. In fact, 2016 safety prospect Deontay Anderson is in the Scout.com top 50 and receiver Reggie Hemphill is in the Top 100. There are also potentially three more 2016 prospects at Manvel who could be offer-worthy.
As a junior in 2013, Lockett had 42 tackles, two interceptions, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble to earn First Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-State honors.