Coach Marcus Paschal Supplies Scouting Report on Calvin Lockett

December 13, 2017

Written by Rob Howe

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Iowa frequently visits Largo (FL) High. It has a pretty good relationship with the head coach.

Marcus Paschal just finished his fourth season at his alma mater. That followed an all-Big Ten career with the Hawkeyes and time in the NFL.

After this recruiting cycle, Paschal will have coached more than 20 players that signed with colleges. Iowa was heavily involved with Jonathan Crawford (Indiana) and Brandon Drayton (Marshall). On Wednesday, the Hawkeyes finally landed one from the program.

Calvin Lockett (6-2, 160) announced his verbal commitment to Iowa and his intentions to sign a national letter of intent next week. The receiver officially visited the Hawkeyes this past weekend.

For Paschal, it was a happy moment but one that occurred organically. Like with Crawford and Drayton, he advised but didn’t influence the choice.

“I try to give them as much information as possible for them to make the best decision as possible for them and their families. I’ve never pushed a certain school, whether it was Iowa or anywhere else,” he told HN.

Furthermore, Paschal tells his players that they should ultimately do what’s best for them.

“My dad wanted me to go to Hofstra. My mom wanted me to go to Troy State, at the time, to play receiver. I felt like Iowa was the best place for me and it turned out to be that,” he said.

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While he let Lockett make his own decision, it’s obviously one that pleases Paschal. He finally gets to watch a pupil perform at his alma mater.

“Calvin is a big-play receiver. He possesses some great size as well as some speed and some explosiveness. At the next level, it’s going to help big time,” Paschal said. “I had hoped we would have been able to get the ball in his hands a lot more. Unfortunately it didn’t happen. But when he catches the ball, he’s a big play waiting to happen.”

Still, Lockett averaged about 22 yards per reception as a senior. He just didn’t have the volume of catches.

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“If I had a quarterback that could get it out to him a lot more, Calvin could have easily could have been a 1,000-yard receiver with his skill set,” the coach said.

Lockett still has room to grow. He can add good weight to his frame without losing the athleticism.

“With (Iowa strength) Coach (Chris) Doyle being the best in the business, to be in a situation like that, the sky is the limit for a kid like Calvin,” Paschal said.

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Paschal also vouches for Lockett as a person.

“He’s a great kid. You’re talking about a kid that never had a referral here at Largo High. He has a 3.5 GPA. He’s in our ExCEL magnet program (promotes career and college readiness and leadership development through hands-on learning) here at the high school. He’s everything you look for in a football player, on and off the field,” Paschal said.

The Hawkeyes never are far from Paschal’s mind. He proudly wears his Black and Gold on Saturday’s while watching his alma mater play. He sees Lockett filling a need for Iowa.

“I think he’s a great fit. I say that because Calvin is a big-play receiver. Getting into that system where it’s run first and smash-mouth, to have a weapon like him on the outside opposite of the (Ihmir) Smith-Marsette kid, the sky is the limit. I’m excited for Calvin. I look forward to seeing what he’s going to do these next four to five years,” Paschal said.

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