Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista quarterback Jeff Lockie is headed to the Pac-12...
Lockie Pledges To Oregon
A phone conversation with Oregon offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Mark Helfrich quickly led to a late Wednesday night verbal commitment from Lockie; the Ducks' second verbal pledge at the quarterback position for the class of 2012.
Lockie detailed his conversation with Helfrich, saying the coach extended Lockie an offer during a discussion Wednesday afternoon.
"Me and coach Helfrich had a full-on phone conversation where I received the offer," recounted Lockie.
"I decided to talk to my parents and coaches and we all talked for awhile cause we all had been kind of waiting for it. Last night, we called up coach Helfrich, gave him the good news and then I talked to coach (Chip) Kelly."
An underrated dual-threat prospect with only one other FBS offer from San Diego State, Lockie says the staff was "super excited" about Lockie's commitment to be the second quarterback in the class. A visit to Eugene for the Oregon camp in late June, plus family ties to the school, was what convinced Lockie that he needed to call Autzen Stadium his future home.
"I've always kind of have had a tie there with my brother (enrolled) there as a student," said Lockie. "Also, my relationship with Jeff Maehl, as well as with the way they play and the style of offense; that has always intrigued me."
The relationship between Lockie and Maehl has been fostered through their attendance at the same gym; where Maehl had been training for the NFL combine and a future professional career and where Lockie was preparing for his upcoming senior season.
"Me and him kind of developed that relationship when he was training for the combine," revealed Lockie. "Me and him went down there for (Oregon's) pro day and we kind of built that relationship."
For now, Lockie has no plans to take any other visits, saying that he's "looking forward" to becoming a member of the Oregon family. As far as when Lockie plans to arrive in Eugene, that has yet been decided. Lockie plans on consulting with his family to decide the most appropriate course of action.
"I've got to look at my transcripts and kind of figure out where I am with credits," admitted Lockie. "I'll sit down with my parents and coaches and kind of figure that out, but right now, it's to be determined."
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