Football: Newburgh's Locklary taking the full ride to Wagner
Newburgh Free Academy's Fred Locklary, right.Times Herald-Record/TOM BUSHEY
February 04, 2010
Fred Locklary took one for the Newburgh Free Academy football team in the fall when he switched to quarterback because of an injury to the starter.
Had Locklary remained at running back, with his speed and experience, his numbers could have been staggering.
So when it came time for the college recruiting process, Newburgh coach Bill Bianco remembered.
"I think I pushed harder for him than anybody else," Bianco said, "for what he did for me. But if you're college material, where you play in high school doesn't always matter, your film will take care of you."
So there were plenty of happy faces in Bianco's office on Wednesday, when Locklary signed and accepted a full athletic scholarship to Wagner College. His deal will be worth roughly $180,000.
Wagner is a Football Championship Subdivision-level school (formerly I-AA) in Staten Island.
Locklary, a four-year starter at Newburgh, said he was recruited as a flanker, and could also play some running back. Bianco said Wagner defensive coordinator Malik Hall said Locklary might also be used at cornerback or safety.
Locklary also will attempt to walk on to the indoor track team. At Newburgh, he is part of two relay teams that have run the second-fastest time in the nation in each.
"I went down there and looked around," Locklary said. "I liked it. I'm probably going to major in business, and that's a good business school."
The whole recruiting process took barely a week. Locklary said he was getting interest from New Haven and SUNY Cortland. Bianco said he sent out about 50 videos to schools on Jan. 24.
The next day, Bianco received a call from Wagner head coach Walt Hameline.
"He wanted to know how come Freddie wasn't signed," Bianco said. "They loved him as an athlete, and like that he can do so many things."
As a Newburgh senior, Locklary ran for 623 yards and five touchdowns on just 92 carries. He also threw four touchdown passes.
Wagner went 6-5 in 2009, 5-3 in Northeast Conference play.