Maryland football’s Stay Home Movement was dealt a pretty tough blow Thursday afternoon.
2015 dual-threat QB Kai Locksley (Gilman), son of Maryland’s current offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, announced his commitment to Florida State. Locksley chose the Seminoles over a lot of high profile schools, including but not limited to: Oregon, Auburn, Texas, and Alabama. Maryland may have had the most direct connection with Locksley, but it appears their highest priority target for the 2015 class wasn’t biting.
Locksey, a 4-star by 247sports.com, made a surprise announcement just minutes before another highly touted recruit considering Florida State (Deondre Francois) was set to announce. With the Seminoles rumored to be higher on Francois as a player, Locksley certainly made his intention to play for the Noles clear.
It’s a loss for Maryland at this point, and Locksley was a perfect fit for their program who could have taken the helm after CJ Brown’s departure. From a PR perspective, it’s somewhat harder to spin the Stay Home factor when the coaches son won’t play for your team. But that’s for the haters, because those based in reality understand that player-coach relationships are already complicated things; father-son and player-coach is doubly so. There are legitimate arguments one could make that neither one wanted this to go down as much as fans did.
But it does sting a bit for most fans.
Maryland does have options, however. On roster, the Terps have Shane Cockerille and Will Ulmer on the roster, their QB choices for 2013 and 2014 on the recruiting trail. Cockerille was given billing as a Tim Tebow-lite type of runner and was extremely successful in high school. Meanwhile, Ulmer is one of the more explosive athletes that Maryland has reigned in, and while some think he may be a wide receiver, he makes plays. Throwing either one of them in is an option.
Of course, Caleb Rowe still has more time to develop as a player an could be a one-year stopgap. He may not be the dual-threat QB Locksley truly loves, but he does have a great arm and the potential to take advantage of some very good receivers on the Terps.
The Terps also have a few other 2015 prospects they could go after. University Christian (FL) QB Chris Riddle has been on campus during camps numerous times this offseason, and it wouldn’t be a major shock to see Maryland extend an offer to him. Joe McBride of nearby Yorktown (VA) could also be in play here, though he is not highly regarded by a lot of scouting services.
Either way, Maryland has work to do as always.