James Lockhart takes his education very seriously.
Upon earning his bachelor’s degree in health, kinesiology and leisure studies last May, Lockhart is currently in pursuit of a masters degree in sport pedagogy; a discipline that involved the joining of sport and education.
During his two seasons with the Baylor Bears, Lockhart displayed that same drive and determination on the field, that made him successful in the classroom. In 2019, he set career highs in total tackles with 31, tackles for loss with 8.5, and sacks with six, while being named second team Academic All-Big 12. The formidable tandem of him and All-American defensive tackle James Lynch, was a driving force in guiding Baylor to the Big 12 Championship game against Oklahoma.
His attention to detail and discipline have played key roles in his success last season. Even after making a big play, Lockhart's mindset has him thinking of could come next. "To be honest with you, I was really just taking it one play at a time", he told reporter of John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald. "I make a play, cool, celebrated with my teammates for two or three seconds, and then what’s next?"
For Lockhart, his arrival to the Pittsburgh Steelers could have not come at a better time. With minimal depth at the inside linebacker position, Lynch may have all the opportunity in the world to gain one of those spots this upcoming season. As we have seen in the past with notable undrafted free agents such as former offensive lineman Ramon Foster, and cornerback Mike Hilton a few years ago, standout play does not go unnoticed.