DeLand’s Myzel Williams and Timar Rogers are both on the radar of Mississippi State and North Carolina State.

Switching positions worked wonders once before for TJ Lockley, and it appears at least one Power 5 program covets Mainland's star wide receiver as a defender instead.


Illinois, one of the 10 schools Lockley is considering as of Monday, views the speedy 6-foot, 180-pounder as a cornerback. The other nine top choices -- all of whom are recruiting Lockley as a receiver -- are Appalachian State, Bowling Green, Connecticut, Florida Atlantic, Kent State, Middle Tennessee State, Rutgers, Toledo and Western Kentucky.


Lockley has limited experience at the position, taking some reps during his freshman year at Father Lopez and during his Pop Warner days.


"I think if I was to decide to play cornerback, I would be great in college and also (have a chance) at getting drafted. I have the good size and length," Lockley said.


When he arrived at Mainland in the spring of 2019, Lockley fit in seamlessly at wide receiver. He earned All-Area first team honors, catching 29 passes for 673 yards and seven touchdowns.


The season before, Lockley was an All-Area honorable mention at quarterback for Father Lopez.


Illinois is near the top of Lockley's list. He said he met with the Illini's defensive coaching staff last week, as well as head coach Lovie Smith.


"The type of vibe I got was very welcoming, like taking me in as one of his (kids)," Lockley said of Smith, formerly of Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching fame. "He made it feel just like home."


DeLand duo a Power 5 package deal?


Mississippi State is among a host of programs angling for a DeLand double-dip.


Safety Myzel Williams and outside linebacker Timar Rogers both have eyes on the Bulldogs, as well as North Carolina State.


Williams (6-1, 190) said Mississippi State and Iowa State keep in touch with him every day. He plans to whittle down his choices to five at the end of May, take campus or virtual visits -- COVID-19 pandemic permitting -- over the summer and commit in August before the start of his senior season.


Competition, Williams said, is his top priority.


"I want to play against the best of the best," said Williams, whose offers also include Louisville and South Carolina. "(All the programs) have an important role for me to play in their defense."


Rogers (6-2, 190) maintains regular contact with Auburn, Illinois, Kansas and West Virginia, in addition to aforementioned Mississippi State and N.C. State.


FPC's Hackett heading west


Flagler Palm Coast senior linebacker Tobin Hackett committed to Fresno City College on Friday. He's the second Bulldog to pledge his future to the California JUCO, along with quarterback Donovan Montoyo.


Hackett (6-3, 200) was credited with 110 tackles and seven sacks in 2019.


Waddell commits to Coast Guard


Father Lopez senior linebacker Ryan Waddell committed his football future to the Coast Guard Academy last week.


An All-Area pick the last two seasons and 2019 state weightlifting champion, Waddell (5-10, 220) made 109 tackles with 16 TFLs, two sacks and two forced fumbles last fall.


The Coast Guard Academy is an NCAA Division III program based in New London, Connecticut.