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Syracuse Football Recruiting: Terry Lockett becomes first member of Class of 2021

The three-star defensive lineman becomes the first to verbally commit in this cycle.

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Western Massachusetts has produced the first committed member of the Syracuse Orange football, Class of 2021. Terry Lockett, a defensive lineman out of Springfield Central High school has become the first verbal commit of the new cycle for Dino Babers and his staff.

The 6-foot-1, 255 pound defensive tackle was also offered by the Michigan Wolverines, UMass Minutemen and the Buffalo Bulls. Lockett is a three-star prospect all around and showed versatility, lining up anywhere from a three technique out to a nine in his highlight film. Where he will fit in with the new 3-3-5 system is to be seen, but that versatility definitely helps.

Lockett was recruited by Mike Cavanaugh and his position coach, Vinson Reynolds through the process. He attended one of the Junior Days that the Orange had put on prior to the shutdown of the spring semester. Also on the side of Syracuse, was the fact that his strength and conditioning coach was none other than Christian Ferrara, who was a star for the Orange from 1999-2003.

He will add to what will be a relatively thin defensive line next season, with the departure of McKinley Williams, Josh Black, Kingsley Johnathan and Chris Elmore as well as Curtis Harper being a redshirt junior.