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Maryland recruiting: Four-star QB Kai Locksley commits to Florida State

The son of Maryland's offensive coordinator is going to an old conference rival.


Four-star Gilman (Md.) quarterback Kai Locksley has committed to Florida State, as first reported by 247sports. He made the announcement literally minutes before fellow Florida State quarterback target Deondre Francois was announced his commitment to the Seminoles.

Locksley is the son of Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, but had been rumored for some time to favor playing away from his father. His three finalists were Florida State, Texas and Maryland, but Texas was rumored to be the school more likely to take him away from the home-town Terps.

Rated a four-star recruit by the 247sports composite, Locksley is rated as the 19th-best athlete in the nation and the fourth-best player in the state of Maryland. Maryland already has one quarterback in the class in three-star West Virginia gunslinger Gage Shaffer, and will likely step up their recruitment of targets Brandon Battle and David Pindell, both local quarterback prospects.

While this is clearly a disappointment for Maryland's staff, it's impossible to know the details of Locksley's decision and why he ended up committing to Florida State. Previous father-son quarterback/coach combinations have proven inconsistent at best (see Hawkins, Cody and Dan), and Locksley may have elected to go elsewhere to avoid that stigma. The Seminoles already have one quarterback in their class in De'Andre Johnson, and it is possible Locksley is moved to an athlete position in Tallahassee.