"I'm going to come back for my senior season," the junior running back said after Kentucky's 21-13 loss to Clemson Sunday. "I want to go (to the NFL), but at the same time I feel there's a lot of things about my game I need to develop and improve on. I'm going to come back and hopefully be a high draft pick after my senior season."
Locke, who led the Wildcats with 891 yards rushing while coming back from a knee injury suffered last year, said he is healthy but needs to work on his weight and game.
"I want to come back and have a whole lot better season and be one of the top players in college football," he said. "Whatever I have to do I'm going to do it right."
"Physically, I feel good and my body feels good. Got a little banged up with my hip but my knee held up well. For the most part I feel good. Locke said he would miss coach Rich Brooks if he decides to leave (Brooks said he was 80 percent sure he was leaving the program), but the program would continue.
"I was playing with him a little, asking him what he was going to do, but at the same time I'm sad we couldn't get that win for him," said Locke. "He's turned this program around and whatever decision he makes, we're going to take it and run with it. We have Joker (Phillips) and the rest of the coaching staff, and we'll do what we have to do."
Locke, who ran for 64 yards and had 30 yards receiving Sunday, said his decision not to go to the NFL was based on conversations with people he trusts.
"Everybody has been putting in their insights. Half think I should stay and half say go," he said. "But it's not their decision. I had to pray about it and talk about it with my dad, and some other people I really trust."
"I took a lot of it in and weighed my options. I'm so close to graduating and I feel like i should get my diploma. I could be able to graduate early and focus on football. I might have one class in the fall, but I can concentrate more on football and prepare myself for the next level."