IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa Football’s reputation with developing defensive backs proceeds it. According to ESPN, the Hawkeyes have 10 players in the secondary currently on NFL rosters.
That resonated with 2024 Chandler (AZ) Basha High D-Back Miles Lockhart when the Big Ten program offered him a scholarship last week.
“I know from what people and the coaches have told me that they do a great job with producing players in the secondary as they let me know,” Lockhart told HF. “They aren’t sure if I’ll develop into a safety by the time I get to college. But looking at a school with a history of producing guys that play my position is huge in my decision.”
Lockhart (5-11, 175) also reports offers from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Central Michigan, Colorado, Iowa State, Louisville, Nevada, Oregon, San Diego State and Washington. Rivals ranks him as a three-star prospect and the No. 5 player overall in Arizona for ’24.
David Lockhart, Miles’ father, played football at Arizona in the early 1990s.
Iowa assistant LeVar Woods, who played for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL, is leading the program’s recruitment of Miles Lockhart.
“I have been in contact with coach Woods since January, and I could tell that there was some interest there from the start. But actually receiving the offer was very big, especially knowing that they produce players at my position,” Miles said.
“Coach Woods is very cool. I’ve meet him twice in person, and he is very easy to communicate with and just chill all the way around. What I like most about him is that he cares more about the person than the football player. We didn’t talk much about football on the phone but about family, goals and character instead.”
Miles said he will most likely visit Iowa. He’s not sure when it will happen.
“I want to learn more about the coaches and alumni that have come out of the school. I also want to learn more about it academically as that weighs a lot in my choice of college. In college, I definitely want to study something in the medical field,” he said.
Visits will play a big role in Lockhart’s decision. He’s planning on seeing as many campuses as he can.
“Schools that I will be visiting are BYU, Utah, Stanford, Ohio State, Northwestern, Washington and possibly more,” he said.
As a sophomore, Lockhart totaled 36.0 tackles (17.0 solo, 2.0 for loss). He intercepted two passes and defended three others. On offense, he carried the ball 44 times for 356 yards and seven touchdowns, and caught 15 balls for 216 yards and two scores.