Miami Central coach completes Taggart's staff
TAMPA -- USF coach Willie Taggart has completed his coaching staff, hiring the head coach of a Miami high school powerhouse. Telly Lockette, who took Miami Central to three straight championship games, has agreed to be the Bulls' new running backs coach.
No formal announcement has come yet, but Lockette will replace assistant Larry Scott, a top Miami-area recruiter for the Bulls who left to become tight ends coach at Miami. Taggart was to coach the running backs himself, but will now keep an eye on tight ends, with a graduate assistant helping out.
Lockette was just 37 in December when he became the first coach to lead a Miami-Dade program to three straight title games. His team beat Gainesville 37-14 for the Class 6A title. His hiring should help the Bulls' recruiting efforts in Miami -- Lockette was once a top running back at Miami Northwestern; his Central team has two elite 2014 running backs in Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook.
Here's a good read on Lockette's background from the Miami Herald. USF brought in Central kicker Emilio Nadelman as an early enrollee in January, and Taggart got a commitment in August at Western Kentucky from Central linebacker Devante Duclos, who joined the Hilltoppers this semester.