TULSA — Because of his family history, it might have seemed obvious that Tulsa Washington star receiver Tyler Lockett would commit to Kansas State.
Both his father, Kevin, and uncle, Aaron, were stars for Bill Snyder's Wildcats in the 1990s, and in April, Tyler gave his verbal pledge to continue the Lockett legacy in Manhattan, Kan.
But it wasn't an automatic decision for the 5-foot-11, 167-pound Tyler.
"I had a lot of coaches talking to me and I wanted to make sure I found the place that was right for me," he said. "I'm glad it's done, because I've been able to focus on next season instead of trying to impress coaches.
"I can focus on being a leader and trying to help us win a 5A state championship."
After a disappointing 2009 season marred by the off-the-field controversy of recruiting allegations that led to forfeits and a coaching change, Lockett says the Hornets are motivated for the fall.
"Last year was very difficult," he said. "We worked very hard and felt like we'd be competing for the gold ball. All that stuff just blew our minds. We couldn't believe what was going on.
"We've got a lot to prove this year, and that's a big motivation, especially with a new coach who brings a lot of discipline."
Darrell Hall left Star Spencer for Tulsa Washington, but didn't get to see his star receiver and safety in spring practice. Lockett has been sidelined the last two months because of wrist surgery after helping the Hornets to a Class 5A basketball state championship. He expects to begin rehabilitation next week and be fully healthy by August.