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Recruiting begins for lock

February 26, 2013
By Eric Thomas of Lee's Summit Football


Drew Lock thought the offers would come. 

He just didn't expect it to come from his father's alma mater, Missouri. He also didn't expect the first offer to be on the football field.

Lock's father played at Missouri from 1986-1989.
On Monday, the 2015 quarterback from Lee's Summit, Mo., found out that the Tigers were offering him a football scholarship. He heard about the offer in a very personal manner.

"I went in at the school and coach (Eric) Thomas told me I needed to call Andy Hill," Lock said. "I talked to him for a while, and then he handed the phone to Coach (Gary) Pinkel. He talked about what I can help his team with and said I had a very bright future.

"Basically, he put it all on the table."

Lock has been impressive at Missouri's camps over the past few seasons, and received mail from the Tigers' staff. Missouri's interest was evident, and the fact that his father, Andy, played right tackle for Missouri from 1986 to 1989 made the offer that much sweeter.

"I told him (Pinkel) it was an honor to have that opportunity to go play there, maybe," Lock said. "I just thanked him and told him it was an extreme honor."

Lock hasn't heard much from other football programs, but he's also a developing basketball talent. At 6-foot-4, 170-pounds, Lock has started at shooting guard for Lee's Summit since his freshman year. Oklahoma has been the major program in his basketball recruitment so far.

At this point, Lock has discussed the possibility of playing both sports in college. But, he realizes in this era, it's more difficult to be a two-sport athlete in college, especially when one of his duties would be at quarterback. He has plenty of time to decide which path to follow, and he's hoping that decision will clear up in the future.

"I couldn't decide which sport to pick right now," Lock said. "We'll see how it plays out."

There's plenty of time for that. Luckily for Lock, he has good resources to turn to as he navigates the recruiting waters.

First and foremost his Lock's father, who played a few preseason games with the New York Giants after his Missouri career ended. While the recruiting process has changed dramatically in the 18 years since Andy Lock was courted, he's providing strong advice for his sought-after son.

One of the first pieces of advice that Drew Lock received from his father is to make his own decision.

"I'm definitely taking it as wide-open as possible," Lock said. "My family would be very excited if I go to Missouri. They all live in the state and I could play in front of them. But my dad told me to make the decision for myself, and not right now. I'm going to wait as long as I can, because I'm only a sophomore."

Another resource for Lock is a friend, whose legacy he's taking over at Lee's Summit. 

Current Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser graduated from Lee's Summit in 2011. Like Lock, he received an offer from Missouri after his sophomore year. Berkstresser, however, committed immediately and shut down his recruitment.

Although the two players didn't overlap in high school -- Lock was in eighth grade when Berkstresser played his last high school game -- the two are friends.

"I know him very well," Lock said. "I haven't talked to him since the offer, but we threw together over winter break."

The future is bright for Drew Lock. Missouri's offer is just the start for the talented quarterback.

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