Four-star quarterback Kai Locksley of Baltimore Gilman School trimmed his list to six schools, and he plans on visiting each one in the next two months before making a decision.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Locksley said he plans on visiting Texas and Florida State in June, and then return to Auburn, Oregon, Virginia Tech and Maryland, where his father, Mike Locksley, is the offensive coordinator, in July.
"Those are the schools I have the strongest connection to, and I could see myself playing for the next four years," Locksley said. "The majority of those schools are pro-style (offenses) that have spread concepts, so the base of it is throwing from under center, but an athlete with my talent they are able to do some things and get me outside and running in the shotgun."
Texas, Florida State and Maryland each have quarterback commitments in the 2015 class, but that is not a deterrent in picking a school.
"Any school with a quarterback committed in my class is actually irrelevant," he said. "In going into camp, you would have to compete anyway. I would have to compete with someone in my grade, or older, so it's all about competition. That's what I love to do."
Locksley plans on deciding before his senior season and is not listing any leaders. He gave his thoughts on each of his six finalists, which are listed alphabetically:
Auburn: "That visit was a blast. I had a great time, and spoke with a lot of the guys. I actually developed a relationship with a lot of the skill players who are playing now, and would be playing when I would be getting down there. It was a real easy setting, a real family-like atmosphere, and in terms of their offense, it is like what we do at my high school now. We use some of the concepts, so it would be an easy transition. They have great guys around me, a great offensive line, so it's just a bunch of great things."
Florida State: "They are one of the first schools that actually started recruiting me. The foundation I built with them in real strong, and I'm real comfortable with the coaches at this point. Coach (Jimbo) Fisher and I have laughable conversations all the time. I'm just real comfortable with them."
Maryland: "I actually visited Maryland a month ago and there was stuff down there I didn't know and I hadn't seen yet, so that really surprised me. The visit went excellent. That is definitely a family atmosphere, and it would be great to work with (his dad), and be great to thrive together. IN seeing the campus and learning about some of the courses they had, it was a lot different than what I expected. I thought I knew the majority of what the school was about and the ins and outs, but in terms of just getting an inside look, there were a lot of things I hadn't seen. It was awesome to get that inside look of Maryland."
Oregon: "It's a place (assistant) coach (Scott) Frost explained to me that I could make an impact early, have a good opportunity to make that impact early, and that's something I definitely want to do. I want to at least have the opportunity to compete and start as a freshman. If I'm not good enough, I'm fine with red-shirting, but I want to at least have the opportunity, and that is something he explained I would have."Texas: "I haven't made it out there yet, but I'll be getting out there sometime this month. In talking about their offense, (quarterbacks) coach (Shawn) Watson, he just gave me an idea and the basic concept of things they do. Also, knowing they developed a guy like Teddy Bridgewater (at Louisville), and people just rave about him mechanically, and his IQ ,those are some things I didn't want to (see) in myself when it's my time."
Virginia Tech: "(Offensive coordinator Scot) Loeffler, I probably have one of the best relationships with him out of all the schools. We talk all the time. I pick his brain. We've already done some board work on some of my visits. I see the talent in him as a coach and a developer at the quarterback position. That's why they're still there, and hopefully will continue to be there."