Calvin Lockett officially visited Iowa this past week. Following the stop, he said he was planning on visiting home-state Florida International and possibly South Florida. He thought about waiting until the late signing period in February.
After reflecting on things the last few days, the picture cleared up for the talented receiver. He decided no more visits were necessary and he would be penning his letter of intent next week.
What happened? He realized Iowa was home. He verbally committed to the Hawkeyes on Wednesday.
“Iowa has been a team that has been on me since they offered me. After doing my research and having a great visit, me and my family felt like it was the best fit for me. The people really made me feel welcomed and I believe it’s a place I can fit in,” he told HN.
Lockett (6-2, 160) also reported scholarship offers from Purdue, Illinois, Boston College, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and others. Rivals and the 247 composite showed him as a three-star recruit.
Lockett averaged around 22 yards per reception as a senior for Largo (FL) High. He played for former Hawkeye, Marcus Paschal, who spoke with HN about his pupil.
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“He has helped answer questions that I have and he was able to tell me things about (Iowa) before my visit,” Lockett said.
Iowa graduates senior receiver Matt VandeBerg. Nick Easley and Ihmir Smith-Marsette are the only returning wideouts with significant experience.
“It’s a good fit because they want a receiver that can win on the outside and block on run plays. I do that now,” Lockett said.
Position coach Kelton Copeland, also a Florida native, led Iowa’s recruitment of Lockett. He traveled to Largo for an in-home visit late last month.
“Coach Copeland is a cool and chill dude. He relates to me. I feel like he’s an honest man and that’s someone I want to be around. Also, he’s serious about his job,” Lockett said.
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It’s been a long recruiting process for Lockett, but he couldn’t be happier with the ending.
“I’m very excited. It just feels great to be in this position,” he said.
Lockett becomes the 16th verbal commitment in Iowa’s ’18 recruiting class. He’s the second projected receiver, joining Tyrone Tracy of Indianapolis.