The Illinois Fighting Illini continued their hard and early work on the 2015 recruiting class on Friday by extending an offer to Texas safety James Locke. Although he is being recruited as a safety, Locke was named a 20-4A first-team all-district selection at linebacker this past season.
Illinois is just the fifth team and third Big Ten team to offer at Locke. So far, the Central Senior safety has offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, and SMU.
When it comes down to his play on the football field, Locke is a very aggressive and physical defender. He can play in either man or zone coverage, and he is excellent in run support. On the other hand, Locke will need to improve his ball skills and speed at the next level.
According to ESPN, their scouting report states that the bottom line on James “PJ” Locke is:
Locke is an intimidating presence in the defensive secondary. Has the versatility to play free or strong safety and add value on special teams.
Last season, the Fighting Illini looked bad against nearly every running back in the Big Ten. That is why run support is at the utmost importance for the Illini defense and Locke definitely fits that area of need.
The three-star recruit is currently ranked 145th in the state of Texas, 68th among safeties, and 1015th among 2015 high school recruits by 247Sports.
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