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May 29, 2004Sometimes labeling a prospect as a sleeper is inaccurate. On occasion, it?s college football scouts and fans that are hitting the snooze button, while a player?s talent is on display for all to see. So is true of Diamond Bar High School?s Bret Lockett. After turning in an excellent performance at the San Diego Nike Camp, Lockett decided to make the trip north for an encore.
Some players gain recognition from scouts by way of team success. Others entertain the eyes of scouts simply because they play for programs that have a tradition of producing a high quantity of D1-A athletes.
Bret Lockett can rely on neither, so his ticket to exposure has been the Nike football camps.
In San Diego, Lockett showed great acceleration off the line of scrimmage and caught everything thrown his way. Arguably the most physical receiver at the camp, he also posted a 40-time of 4.47. The buzz after the camp was that Lockett could also receive looks as a defensive back, as that was the position he played most at Diamond Bar.
In wake of his performance, the Arizona Wildcats offered Lockett a scholarship. A great accomplishment for most players, but Lockett is not one to rest on his laurels.
?He works hard and he wants to be good,? Diamond Bar head coach Manny Saiz told Rivals. ?When Brett first arrived here, he said wanted to earn a D-1 scholarship. He is very goal-oriented and motivated.?
Lockett continued to work hard in preparation for Palo Alto, spending Saturdays training with Brahma quarterback, Jeff Jensen (6'3" 200lbs).
?Yeah, I?m out there every Saturday with Jeff,? said Lockett. ?He?s only a sophomore, but he?s a big kid and should be a good one coming up.?
In Palo Alto, Lockett didn?t let up, showing excellent hands and leadership skills. On every drill, every rep, he was first in line and eager to compete.
Lockett turned in a 4.56 40-yard dash, a 4.16 shuttle run and had a vertical leap of 32 inches.
Although the amount of schools taking interest in him are expanding, his interest remains focused.
?Arizona is who I?m really looking at now,? said Lockett. ?Mike Stoops is a really good coach and they?ve offered. Oregon State is high on my list too.?
Unfortunately for the Trojans, playing time and position preference may put them at a disadvantage for Lockett?s services.
?I?ll be going to their (Southern Cal?s) camp in June, but they?re loaded with receivers right now,? said Lockett.
?Playing time is something I?m really looking at and I definitely want to play receiver. I feel that?s the position that fits me the best and that?s where I can make the most impact on a team.?
We'll continue to keep an eye on Lockett as he'll attend USC's four-day camp this summer.
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