He had things he needed to figure out in regards to the Longhorns football program, and what life would be like as a student-athlete at Texas.
“I was looking for comfortability throughout the campus and the players,” he told HD. “I was looking to see a little bit more in depth what the offensive scheme was going to look like. I was looking to see if my personality fit in with the University of Texas and if I could see myself doing things I want to do here for the next four years and if I could call this place home.”
“I definitely feel like all those things were met,” said Locksley, the No. 24 QB in the country. Going into the trip I was looking for a couple of things. I saw a lot of those things and more to be honest with you. I thought the visit went really well and I enjoyed myself.”
Locksley arrived in Austin late Friday and spent most of the weekend hanging around Longhorns linebacker Malik Jefferson, who was his official player host. Locksley (6-foot-4, 190 pounds) couldn’t have come away more impressed with the five-star linebacker if he tried.
“He treated me just like any other person and he acted like he was any other person,” Locksley said. “It was real cool to see a guy of that stature be as natural as he was. He’s just real humble. He broke it down to me how it is and elaborated on his path and how it could help me, how he’s been absorbed at the University of Texas. It was a lot of good things.”
That sense of togetherness was prevalent throughout the weekend from all recruits involved.
“When I got around the guys, and even other recruits who weren’t committed, we all just gelled and were having a blast,” he said. “We all liked everyone’s company. It’s not what you see too often prior to going to a school.”
Before he left on Sunday afternoon Locksley sat down with Texas QB coach Shawn Watson to discuss how exactly Locksley could fit into the offensive philosophy moving forward.
“I met with Coach Watson today and we did a lot of talking,” Locksley said. “He said what they did this year was due to what they had but it’s not necessarily what they wanted to do. He believes like a guy like me, they want to go fast, run read-option and have tempo. They need a guy who can do those things athletically and believe that I have that athletic ability to do so and the pocket presence as a passer.”
When Locksley arrived in Austin Friday Texas still had a 2015 QB commitment. But that changed on Saturday when Zach Gentry flipped to Michigan. Obviously there are a lot of things developing at the moment but in no way, Locksley said, will that force him to make a rushed decision. He’s doing this on his time.
“I’m definitely taking my time with things. I go at my own pace,” he said. “I don’t really let outside things effect what I’m doing. I’m going to get back home, step away from everything, review my official to FSU and my official to Texas. Everything will be done on my time.
“I’ll probably quietly commit to either school I’ll go to a day or two prior to National Signing Day and then go public with it on NSD.”
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