4-Star QB Recruit Kai Locksley Tweets Top 6 Schools

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

Class of 2015 "athlete" Kai Locksley, whom many expect to play quarterback at the next level, narrowed down his potential college destinations by tweeting his top six schools in no particular order Thursday afternoon.

Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, his list includes nearby schools such as Maryland and Virginia Tech along with national blue-bloods in Auburn, Texas, Oregon and Florida State:

Locksley is the son of Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, which gives the Terps an obvious advantage in his recruitment.

Some young prospects prefer to avoid playing for their family members—incoming Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst turned down his uncle Paul, who is the head coach at Pittsburgh, this past cycle—but Kai has always sounded tacitly open to playing for his dad.

"[The most important factor to me is] the relationship with their quarterbacks coach," Locksley said in April, per Pete Volk of Testudo Times. "That's going to be my father, whoever it is, for the next four years. I've got to know I can trust him, I've got to know he can develop me and have me ready for my aspirations to go in the NFL."

How can he trust anyone more than his dad?

But that doesn't mean this process is over. Far from it. Locksley is the No. 165 overall player on the 247Sports Composite, so teams with richer football traditions than Maryland have been in hot pursuit.

However, as B/R's Tyler Donahue was quick to point out, three of the six teams Locksley listed already have QBs committed this cycle:

There is no rule against signing multiple quarterback in one class, but some players prefer to avoid that because of the obvious conflict of interest with regard to playing time.

Texas already has a commitment from 4-star QB Zach Gentry, Auburn already has a commitment from 4-star QB Tyler Queen and Florida State has a commitment from 3-star QB De'Andre Johnson

Oregon, meanwhile, is still without a committed signal-caller but is the favorite to land 4-star dual-threat QB Blake Barnett, who just de-committed from Notre Dame.

That leaves Maryland and Virginia Tech as the two places with the clearest path to playing time, although both of those schools did land quarterbacks in the class of 2014. As his 247Sports "Crystal Ball" currently stands, Locksley is a 72 percent favorite to end up at UMD.


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