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December 11, 2013
Lockett follows his staff to USC
After USC hired Steve Sarkisian, cornerback Jonathan Lockett finally got a long awaited scholarship offer from the Trojans. Shortly after receiving that offer, Lockett decided it was time to commit to USC.
"I chose USC because I've always liked them," Lockett said. "I like the campus and the facilities. I grew up around USC and I've liked them since I was little."
He didn't just choose the school that he liked growing up.
"It's close to home and they now have my defensive back coach from Washington [Keith Heyward]," said Lockett. "It's big because we have a great relationship."
The four-star prospect thinks very highly of USC's new coaches.
"They were building something in Washington," Lockett said. "I loved the coaches up there. When they came to USC, it made the decision easier."
Lockett chose USC over Washington, UCLA, Notre Dame and Oregon among others. A few of those schools had better seasons than the Trojans but that doesn't matter. Hebelieves that he's going to one of the best football programs in the country.
"There are a lot of up and coming schools in the Pac-12," Lockett said. "But USC is still the name to get offered from.
Lockett, the third ranked cornerback in California according to Rivals.com, fills a huge need for the Trojans. USC has been plagued by inconstant cornerback play for the last two seasons. As a senior at Mater Dei in Santa Ana (Calif.), Lockett compiled an impressive statistical season. He had 1104 all purpose yards, 30 tackles, one sack, eight pass deflections and three interceptions. He also scored five touchdowns.
With the addition of Lockett, USC now seven prospects committed that have a four-star ranking or better. That's the most in the Pac-12. Lockett is commitment No. 11 for USC in the 2014 class.