Madden Locke’s recruiting story is a lot like past, present and future Army football players.
Locke was an under-the-radar talent heading into his senior season at Bloomsburg (Pa.) Area High. Division III Lebanon Valley College was the only school to offer the four-year starting linebacker an opportunity before the 2022 season opener.
The offer gave Locke confidence that he could play at the next level. Lock Haven, a Division II school, followed with an scholarship offer.
Locke’s options changed when Army offensive line coach Mike Viti followed him on Twitter, expressing interest two to three games into the season.
Viti, who played his high school football at Berwick about 20 minutes from Bloomsburg, told Locke he “wanted to give the kids from the area where he grew up a shot to play at Army.”
Locke scheduled a gameday visit for Nov. 19 against UConn. He received the FBS offer that he’d worked hard to achieve during the visit. FCS schools Villanova, Stony Brook and Albany later offered Locke.
Locke ended his recruitment with a call to Viti last week.
“I knew I wanted to play at the highest level so Army was the obvious choice,” Locke said. “I told coach Viti right away it felt good to find a new home and really turn my dreams to a reality.”
Locke is the 10th Pennsylvania commit of Army’s 2023 class. He played against Danville running back and Army commit Ty Brown-Stauffer in the first game of their senior seasons. Locke, who is 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, made 147 tackles and rushed for 1,002 yards in 11 games for Bloomsburg. Locke’s family has military service on both his father and mother’s sides.
Locke’s Twitter commitment post was short and to the point – “10,000 committed.”
“I’m excited to learn new things and expand my game,” said Locke, who is also one of the top players on Bloomsburg’s basketball team. “I’m just ready to get to work and be the best player and teammate I can be.”