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November 16, 2013

Huskers land Lockhart for No. 14

Nebraska added a key piece to their recruiting class this morning as Raymond (Miss.) Hinds C.C. receiver Robert Lockhart committed.

Lockhart's current receiver coach at Hinds C.C., Dwike Wilson, confirmed the news of the commitment this morning which gives the Huskers 14 total commits in the 2014 class. Lockhart becomes one of the first Mississippi junior college players to commit to Nebraska in several years.

"Yes, Robert has committed to Nebraska," Wilson said. "Robert called up the coaches this morning and decided to make his commitment official to Nebraska."

Nebraska has been recruiting Lockhart since 2011 where he attended Boca Raton (Fla.) West Boca Raton and played football with current NU kicker Mauro Bondi. After ending up at Miami for college, Lockhart tore his ACL and eventually transferred to Hinds C.C. this season.

Lockhart took an official visit to Nebraska for their game against Northwestern and was impressed by what he saw.

"It went real good," Lockhart said about his Husker official. "I liked the school environment and the coaches. I liked the play calling and I liked their offense.

"Their [facilities] are the best I've been to so far. Coming out of high school I saw a lot of places and Nebraska's were top of the line."

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Lockhart had 502 yards receiving and eight touchdowns for Hinds C.C. this year and feels like he'll be able to fit in to what Nebraska does offensively and is looking forward to playing for receivers coach Rich Fisher.

"I liked getting to see the offense in person and to have them go over some stuff with me and show me where I fit in," Lockhart said following his visit to Nebraska. "(Coach Fisher) is a great guy. He was telling me that I would have the opportunity to come in and play right away and make plays.

His current coach at Hinds C.C. agrees that Lockhart will be a great fit for the Huskers.

"He's a good kid off the field and very quiet to himself," Coach Wilson stated. "The kids on our team have nicknamed him 'the silent assassin'. He is a silent assassin because he's a deep ball threat and he runs good routes. One thing about him that he needs to work on is probably getting in the weight room and getting a little bit stronger.

"But he is plenty fast enough and tall enough, and one thing he does is he can track the football. He high points it and takes balls away from guys probably better than anybody I've ever been around. Electronically, he ran the forty in 4.41 [seconds].

"He's about 6-foot-2 & 1/2 and 185 [pounds] and in the vertical he's probably a 38-40 [inches] guy. He can really, really jump. He actually had scholarships out of high school to play basketball at places like Mississippi State. He's got a great skill set. He averaged around 21 yards a catch this season."

Lockhart graduates from Hinds C.C. in May and will have three seasons to play two once he arrives in Lincoln.




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