Four-star cornerback Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) has signed his national letter of intent to play football for USC, according to Gerard Martinez of USCfootball.com.
Lockett was a Washington commit until Steve Sarkisian was hired away by the Trojans. One of the first recruits to receive an offer under Sarkisian’s new staff, Lockett swiftly decommitted from the Huskies and committed to USC. An unquestioned commit since December, Lockett officially visited USC in mid-January and is set to take his place as a Trojan.
According to Rivals, Lockett is the #10 cornerback available in 2014 and the #15 player in California. ESPN grades him significantly lower at #25 positionally and #36 in the state. 247Sports grades him as the #12 corner and #14 California player overall.
As a receiver, Lockett caught 31 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns in 2013, while on defense he logged 34 tackles and grabbed three interceptions. In his high school career, he finished with 89 tackles, 12 interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
For the Trojans, Lockett steps into a thin cornerback picture and could very well push for playing time as a freshman, though he’ll be competing with fellow corner commit John Plattenburg and another potential commit in Lamon Simmons. The spot to fight for is opposite Kevon Seymour, where Josh Shaw has filled in as needed. In the end, it could be Lockett’s natural ability and instinct which win him time on the field.