Before the start of the football season, Tyler Lockett said he wanted to break his father’s receiving records at Kansas State by the widest margin possible.
Why? He wanted to make it as hard as possible for his younger brother, Sterling, to top his statistics should he one day play football for the Wildcats.
“Who knows?” Lockett said in July. “Sterling may come in next and be able to say he is the best Lockett, that he came in and beat Tyler’s records.”
This exchange occurred at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, and I presumed Lockett was at least partially joking. Sterling is the oldest of his younger brothers, but he is only 11. And when I called Lockett’s father, Kevin, for background on a preseason story I wrote on Tyler’s march toward the K-State record books he told me Sterling just started playing organized tackle football.
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“It will be neat to see how Sterling progresses,” Kevin told me in July. “We don’t try to put any pressure on any of the boys, but he is physically gifted. We would love nothing more than to see him playing wide receiver at Kansas State.”
Kevin echoed those statements on Saturday shortly after Tyler passed him in career receptions and receiving yards and tied him for receiving touchdowns.
A TV reporter interviewed dad on the sidelines and asked if K-State fans could expect to see any more of his sons playing in Manhattan. His reply: Three more are on the way.
That comment ramped up interest in Tyler Lockett’s three younger brothers — Sterling, Jacob and Jordan. So much so, that Bill Snyder was asked if he had scouted Sterling at his weekly news conference.
Snyder laughed and told a room full of reporters that Sterling was on K-State’s field last weekend, running routes with family before the game.
The possibility of another Lockett family member suiting up for the Wildcats is a fascinating topic. Aaron Lockett, Tyler’s uncle, is one of the best receivers in school history. Until recently, Kevin was the most decorated receiver in K-State history. And Tyler is now the top statistical receiver in program history. Also, none of them lost a game to rival Kansas.
Could another Lockett play for K-State at some point within the next decade? It’s impossible to know.
But one thing is for sure. Kevin and Tyler want to see it happen.
“I think my brother Sterling will probably come to K-State,” Tyler said Saturday. “He bleeds purple right now. He watches me every single game, whether it is here or on TV. It really says a lot when you grow up being a Kansas State fan. So who knows? Coach Snyder could still be here and Sterling might end up picking Kansas State and you could have another Lockett here for four or five years.”