Baltimore (Md.) Gilman four-star quarterback Kai Locksley surprised many when he announced his commitment to Florida State on Thursday, just hours before the Seminoles landed their second quarterback of the day, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star Deondre Francois.
“All week I have been thinking about it really hard and trying to make a decision at any point in the past week, but I kept flipping back and forth, back and forth and then the day before I couldn’t think about any other program but Florida State,” said Locksley, who picked FSU over Texas, Maryland, and Auburn, among others.
Locksley originally planned to commit during Gilman's first game against St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) on August 31, but he changed his plans after talking with his father, Mike Locksley, who is Maryland’s offensive coordinator, a few weeks ago.
“A couple weeks ago me and my dad talked about it [making a decision] and we thought it would be good to make the decision before camp started so I could whole-heartedly focus on football and my team,” said Locksley. “I definitely excited to have this process over with. I am ready to focus on getting myself better and getting my team right.”
Florida State now has three quarterbacks committed in its 2015 class. Locksley, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star Deondre Francois, and First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.) three-star signal caller DeAndre Johnson, who has been committed to the Seminoles since 2012. Locksley said he hasn’t paid too much attention to the number of quarterbacks or the other quarterbacks Florida State has recruited.
“I know the have a couple [of quarterbacks], but I am not sure I couldn’t really tell you,” Locksley said about the quarterback situation. “I am not really focused on that, and that wasn’t something that I was thinking about.”
In a previous interview with Scout.com Locksley said he nearly committed to Florida State during his last visit to Tallahassee (Fla.), and he never lost that feeling.
“The personality of the coaching staff was a big factor. They are a bunch of awesome guys and definitely a bunch of high quality five-star coaches,” Locksley said. “The fact that they are such great coaches and then on the other hand they have great personalities, it is really the best of both worlds.”
Locksley added, “I definitely feel it’s a family-like atmosphere, and they really care about everyone in the program so that was definitely something I wanted to be a part of.”
The four-star standout said his relationship with the Seminoles coaching staff also played a major role in his decision.
“I talked to coach [Jimbo] Fisher this morning, and they have been recruiting me really hard, probably hardest out of every school,” Locksley said. “They [coaches] were in my ear almost everyday, talking to me and telling me how I would work in their system.”
With two other quarterbacks committed in the 2015 class, and Locksley’s elite athleticism, will Locksley remain under center when he gets to FSU?
“They definitely envision me as a quarterback at this point. There hasn’t been a question [about me playing quarterback] with any of the schools in my top six,” Locksley said. “ “When I was down there he said it was little bit scary because I remind them of a sharper E.J. Manuel. When they were recruiting me they kept saying that they really want me to be the face of the program as their quarterback.”
Locksley said he is excited to join the Florida State family and he doesn’t plan on changing his mind about his decision.
“I think I am very firm. As a quarterback you really can’t be indecisive so I think I am 100 percent,” Locksley said. “I am going to talk to my dad, but knowing what type of guy he is I am sure he would want me to stick to my commitment.”
In fact, Locksley is already going after several Florida State targets.
“"I've already been talking to Ryan Davis, and I have been in George Campbell’s ear too,” Locksley said. “I am also going after Ray Ray McCloud, even though I know he just committed to Clemson, those are just some of the guys I am trying to get to ‘Nole Nation.”
Now, Locksley is getting focused on preparing for his final season of high school football.
“I am working with my trainer every day, lifting with my teammates just getting ready for the season,” Locksley said. “I am working hard every day because I know its time to turn it up a notch and get going. “
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