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6 DAYS TO 2023 KICKOFF: Sterling Lockett

In which BracketCat counts down the sixth day until the 2023 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State wide receiver Sterling Lockett.

#6 Sterling Lockett
Not to put a lot of pressure on redshirt freshman wide receiver Sterling Lockett (6) to perform this season, but when you’re the son of Kevin Lockett, the nephew of Aaron Lockett and the younger brother of Tyler Lockett, all of whom started as true freshmen, such expectations sort of come with the territory and family legacy.
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Goal No. 6: SELF-DISCIPLINE. Do it right; don’t accept less.

#6 Sterling Lockett

Redshirt Freshman | 5-10 | 164 lbs. | Leawood, Kansas
Sterling Lockett
Sterling Lockett
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Sterling Lockett (b. Oct. 8, 2003) is a shifty, smooth wide receiver from Blue Valley High School who is majoring in business administration. He redshirted and did not play in 2022.

The law of averages and conventional wisdom both say he may not contribute in 2023, but K-Staters have learned time and again: Never bet against a Lockett playing as a freshman.

Lockett prepped under head coach Allen Terrell at Blue Valley, where he was rated the 10th-best player in the state of Kansas by ESPN, and he was high school teammates with current K-State linebacker Beau Palmer and fellow freshman wide receiver Andre Davis.

He hauled in 65 receptions for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns during his career, which included a five-touchdown campaign as a senior.

Lockett picked up 2021 honorable mention all-state honors from Sports in Kansas after he averaged 22.8 yards per kickoff return for the Tigers over the final two years of his career.

He selected K-State over interest (but no offers) from Arizona State, Iowa and Iowa State.

Lockett’s primary recruiters were K-State director of football recruiting Taylor Braet and former fullbacks, tight ends, and wide receivers coach Jason Ray.

Sterling continues a proud family tradition of excellence: His father, Kevin (1993-96); uncle, Aaron (1998-2001); and brother, Tyler (2011-14), all were star wide receivers for the Wildcats.

They collectively averaged 15.2 yards every time they caught a football. In all, they produced 13,655 all-purpose yards.

Tyler ranks first in career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, while Kevin ranks second in each category. Tyler currently is a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks.