The Sunday morning decommitment of South Oak Cliff safety Jamile Johnson sparked an evening offer to Beaumont Central safety PJ Locke from the Texas Longhorns:
Evaluated early in the process by Texas, the 5'10, 189-pounder was passed over in favor of other prospects. Locke committed to Oregon last July after taking an unofficial visit to Eugene in June.
A consensus three-star prospect, Locke is ranked as the No. 761 player nationally, the No. 53 safety, and the No. 97 player in Texas.
Other than Oregon, his best offers were from Arizona State, Baylor, Georgia, Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Stanford, TCU, and UCLA.
Offers from Stanford and Yale indicate his accomplishments in the classroom and the overall list belies his mid three-star rating. And overall than his short stature and a frame that is less than ideal, Locke's speed, tackling, and overall playmaking ability make him an intriguing prospect.
It's difficult to say at this time whether or not Texas is a serious contender to land a late flip from Locke without a visit and only days until National Signing Day. Proximity clearly didn't play a factor in his decision to commit to the Ducks, but perhaps the ability to play at the state's flagship university could alter his stance.