Loyola sophomore Brandon Lockhart is a five-star defensive back (Instagram photo)

Loyola High School has a long history of producing standout defensive backs who go on to play at the next level and Brandon Lockhart is next in line.

Although he is hardly targeted, on the season he has one interception that resulted in a pick-six for 90 yards against Chaminade with several pass breakups and tackles. Lockhart has improved from his freshman season and his game is trending upward weekly.

“I have become more physical in the run game and in press coverage at the line of scrimmage using my length to slow down receivers,” he said. “Also, I have gotten better at reading routes allowing me to make more plays on the ball.”

While Lockhart is only a sophomore, he already holds 12 offers from various Power Five programs such as Oregon, USC, BYU, Washington, Utah, Miami, etc. Oregon has been active in his recruitment early and is going to be a tough school to beat in the process.

“The thing I love most is the love the entire staff shows me and my family making Oregon a top contender for my commitment,” Lockhart said. “Long conversations about family and football with Coach Tosh, Coach Lanning, Coach Meat, and Coach Wadood let me know it’s not just football with them. They’ve let me know where I stand as a top prospect, but also aren’t pressuring me, just letting me enjoy the process.”

Before Lockhart transitioned to the high school level, he played and developed his talent with the Baldwin Hills Bruins. The Baldwin Hills Bruins organization stands as a pivotal pillar within the Black community of Los Angeles due to its unwavering commitment to youth empowerment. The Bruins provide a safe environment for young individuals to engage in sports and mentorship opportunities instilling valuable life skills and character-building traits. Moreover, the program develops youth athletes to become outstanding football players; they have produced multiple kids who have gone on to play college football and beyond.

At Baldwin, Lockhart played free safety and the coaches allowed him to use his skill set to transition to the cornerback position before entering high school. The coaching he received at a young age played a huge role in the player he is today.

“I am extremely grateful for the Baldwin Hills Bruins organization. My experience playing for the Bruins was great and really developed me for high school,” Lockhart said. “I got to play against some of the best competition in Southern California which only made me a better player and allowed me to compete at a high level.”

Lockhart adds to the list of talented football players who played for the Baldwin Hills Bruins and currently or did attend Loyola High School such as Ceyair Wright, Zakhari Spears, Rashad Westbrooks, Jacoby Kelly, and more.