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Get to know: '26 DB target Tay Lockett

By: Richard Davenport Richard Davenport's Twitter account
Published: Thursday, May 18, 2023
’26 DB Tay Lockett and his family pose for a photo during his March 4 visit to Arkansas.
’26 DB Tay Lockett and his family pose for a photo during his March 4 visit to Arkansas.

Class of 2026 defensive back target Tay Lockett’s family is full of Arkansas fans who hope he becomes a Razorback. 

Lockett, 6-0, 165 pounds, of San Diego University City High School, has more than 30 scholarship offers from schools such as Southern Cal, Penn State, Florida State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Michigan and Texas A&M.

He visited Fayetteville on March 4 and April 15 with his mother Megan Rozzell, who is originally from Little Rock, along with numerous other family members from Central Arkansas. 

“This place is different,” Lockett said after his last trip to Arkansas. “They show nothing but love to me.”

Lockett, who was named a first team MaxPreps Freshman All-American, had 92 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 7 interceptions, 9 pass breakups, 5 recovered fumbles and 3 forced fumbles. He also had 9 punt returns for 189 yards.

Nickname: Boogie

Favorite thing about playing DB: Locking down the other team’s receivers 

Funniest football moment: Watching my linemen friends run the ball or catch a pass in youth football

If I couldn't play football, I would want to star in: Gaming

My mom is always on me to do: Good in school, because I’m a student-athlete, and being a student comes first.

Must-watch TV: Outer Banks 

Love or hate rollercoasters: Hate

What superpower would you choose if given the option: Teleport 

My two pet peeves are: People chewing with their mouth open and people dragging their feet.

If you could meet a famous person, who would it be: Charles Woodson

My hidden talent is: I’m a really good big brother

Your favorite fast food chain and why: Five Guys. Just can't go wrong with it.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be: Chicken and french fries

I will never ever eat: Squid

Favorite junk food: Little Debbie Honey Buns

My favorite sweet-tooth craving is: Kit Kats

Strangest thing I’ve ever eaten: Alligator

Who is your all-time celebrity crush: Kylie Jenner

If you could live anywhere, where would it be: Florida 

I’m terrified of: Sharks

Most unusual place you’ve fallen asleep: The shower

Love or hate horror movies: Hate

Cat or dog person and why: Cats. They are usually very calm.

Do you think aliens exist: I do

I get emotional when: I see my family doing good

Best advice I’ve received: Keep positive energy around you and don’t worry about what others think about you

Role model and why: My mom. She just has never steered me in the wrong direction 

Three words to describe me: Faithful, determined, hard-working 

People would be surprised that I: Am very quiet if I don’t know you or feel uncomfortable.


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