Willie Taggart’s assistant coaching staff at Florida State recently added a new member, filling the tight ends coaching spot vacated by Tim Brewster, who is following Jimbo Fisher to Texas A&M. Enter Florida native Telly Lockette, according to sources within the program.
As we previewed in our tracker of FSU’s assistant coach hires, Lockette should be a boon to the Seminoles’ recruiting in south Florida, where the ’Noles have excelled of late. As far as ace recruiting hires go, it’s tough to beat a guy who won a trio of state titles at the helm of Miami Central High School and the OC of Miami Northwestern HS. While there, he coached Devonta Freeman and Dalvin Cook, who would go on to star with the Seminoles and then in the NFL. The Lockette name is instantly recognizable in Dade County.
Next, Lockette coached RBs for Taggart at USF for three years before being hired on to do the same at Oregon State in 2015. So, like Taggart, he’ll be returning home from the Pacific Northwest.