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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
2015 DE Lockhart picks up Texas offer

By Max Olson

James Lockhart didn’t make it to Texas' sophomore day Saturday, but it’s hard to fault the standout 2015 defensive end prospect from Ennis, Texas.

“I wanted to be there really bad,” he said, “but I had business to take care of.”

Lockhart was busy competing at the state powerlifting meet in Abilene, Texas. He’ll make up for that absence by taking in Texas’ Orange-White spring game this weekend.

He knows his upcoming Texas visit is an important one, because he is planning to pick up a scholarship offer during his time in Austin.

Texas coaches have serious interest in the 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman and reached out to his coaches Monday to let Lockhart know he has an offer. He's ready to make that offer official with a visit, and the good news came as no surprise.

“I’ve heard they are interested,” Lockhart said. “Coach [Bruce] Chambers, he got in contact with some of my relatives and talked to my grandfather about everything about the recruiting process and me. They've told me they were going to offer me a scholarship.

“If I go this weekend, I figured they would talk to me about that scholarship and offer me one."

Lockhart said he has met with Texas coaches three times in the past year, and Mack Brown stopped by Ennis to see the 2015 prospect and chat with his coach.

It’s difficult for Lockhart to describe how much that scholarship offer from the Longhorns means to him.

“When I talked to my granddad, I couldn’t come up with words to express how I felt,” he said. “I felt really, really blessed. To get invited to go visit Texas and, on top of that, get a scholarship from Texas is like a childhood dream coming true. I was extremely happy.”

He grew up on the Vince Young-led Longhorns. His mother is a serious UT fan. So is his father. Baylor has already offered and Texas A&M has shown interest, but an offer from Texas is what he covets.

“I just love the way they play,” Lockhart said. “I think Coach Brown is a great head coach. I love the whole thing, the facilities, the school. I love everything about it, the whole nine yards.”

Lockhart finished 12th in his weight class at the state meet Saturday, posting maxes of 575 pounds on squats, 550 on dead lifts and 345 on the bench press -- not too bad for a sophomore competing with junior and senior peers.

He’s looking forward to taking in the Texas spring game and getting an up-close look at how the Longhorn defensive linemen are coached.

And Lockhart can’t wait for the moment he steps into Brown’s office and formally receives his offer. No matter how well the visit goes, though, he couldn’t see himself pulling the trigger on a commitment this weekend.

“Even though I love Texas to death, I don’t plan on committing until my senior year,” he said.