Can't stop. Won't stop.
The doggedness of the Texas Longhorns coaching staff apparently paid off on Tuesday evening when Beaumont Central safety PJ Locke flipped his pledge from the Oregon Ducks despite re-affirming said pledge the day before, Horns247 reported, citing sources.
However, it didn't take him long to seemingly deny the report:
I didn't switch to anybody— James PJ Locke III#4 (@PjLocke4) February 4, 2015
Locke then quickly deleted the above tweet. And so here we are, with Horns247 now reporting that Locke will announce his decision at 9 a.m. at his high school.
The signing became official on Wednesday morning:
LB Cameron Townsend and S P.J. Locke are officially Longhorns. Townsend is #255 on ESPN 300. Locke was previously an Oregon commit.— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) February 4, 2015
Evaluated early in the process by Texas, the 5'10, 189-pounder was passed over in favor of other prospects, though he says he is now closer to 6'0 and around 200 pounds. Locke committed to the Ducks last July after taking an unofficial visit to Eugene in June and picked up his offer from the Horns on Sunday following the decommitment of South Oak Cliff safety Jamile Johnson, who will likely follow his high school coach Emmett Jones to Texas Tech, the school Johnson visited last weekend.
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.
An ideal candidate for the nickel corner position vacated by the departure of Quandre Diggs -- perhaps even more ideal than four-star Kris Boyd -- he embraces contact, covers ground with good burst to deliver big hits on ball carriers whether dropping down in run support or in the open field. He's got some dog in him that Diggs would appreciate.
He's fluid with coverage versatility that would fit well in the Texas zone and man schemes. As a senior, he spent some time at cornerback and recorded seven interceptions. The only knock on Locke is that he isn't considered a guy who has great speed, but he did post a 34.4-inch vertical leap at a Nike camp that provides evidence of some strong athleticism in that department.
If the report is true, Locke is the No. 27 commit in the class for Texas, which ranks No. 9 nationally in the 247Sports Composite team rankings and No. 1 in the Big 12: