Junior to Watch: Derek Lokey
School: Denton (Texas) Ryan
Position: Defensive tackle
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Size and speed: Lokey is 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds. He has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.79 seconds. He has a 400-pound bench press, 525-pound squat and put up 185 pounds 30 times before he said he stopped. Lokey also has an impressive grade-point average of 4.52 and has already qualified with a 1300 score on the SAT.
Honors: Lokey was a first-team all-district pick and a first-team all-state selection by the Texas Sports Writers as a junior. He was also named his district’s newcomer of the year.
Statistics: Lokey had 148 tackles, 47 tackles for a loss, 17 sacks and six caused fumbles as a junior.
Favorite Schools: Lokey committed to Texas today over offers from SMU, Houston and interest from Texas A&M.
Skinny: With help from the Internet, Texas has landed its second commitment for the Class of 2004.
After reviewing film last week of Denton (Texas) Ryan defensive tackle Derek Lokey, Texas coach Mack Brown sent Lokey an e-mail late last week asking him how interested he would be in becoming a Longhorn. The reply from Lokey was that he would be very interested.
“I replied and told him that I would have plenty interest,” Lokey, who is 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, said. “I’ve always wanted to be a Longhorn. So after I sent the reply, we arranged for me to call coach Brown today. We talked over the details and he made a formal offer. I told him that I was committing and ready to come play football for him at Texas.”
Lokey’s pledge is the second known commitment for the Horns, and the second to come to light in less than 24 hours. And it looks like the Horns have landed a special player in the mold of former Keller, Texas, defensive tackle Tully Janszen.
“Coach Brown said that I was their style of defensive tackle,” Lokey said. “He kept comparing me to the kid from Keller (Janszen) that they redshirted this year. He said that I really fit what they do with their guys and that I could come in and be an impact player for them.”
Other than his size and frame, what else makes Lokey one of the Lone Star State’s best?
“I’m always persistent,” he said. “It ticks me off when I don’t make the tackle. I try to make as many tackles as I can. I focused hard on stopping the run last summer, and this summer I’m going to work hard on my pass rush.”
With 17 sacks, it’s scary to think of what Lokey would be like if he was much faster off the ball.
“I’m really going to work on some hand techniques and there are a lot of explosion drills that I can do,” he said. “I just want to get myself better and better.”
And into Burnt Orange as quickly as he can.
“This happened so fast,” he said. “It’s been a really exciting day around here.”