Four-star quarterback Kai Locksley has been around football his whole life, but the son of Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley hasn't been to many schools.
In fact, other than Maryland, the heavily-offered prospect Baltimore's Gilman School has been limited to a junior day visit to Virginia Tech and last season's Ohio State game against Wisconsin, but that is about to change.
"I have about eight visits set up so far, and some of these new offers coming out now, I'm looking to add to that in the summer," the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Locksley said. "I'm definitely going to be getting out to a bunch of places here."
It will begin with a March 1 visit to Miami. He also plans on visiting Florida State, Auburn, UCLA, Oregon, Alabama, Ole Miss, Northwestern and Louisville.
"Those schools fit my mold and style as a quarterback within their offenses," Locksley said. "And they're schools that have been reaching out to me the most and the coaches I have the best relationships with. I definitely want to get out there and meet some of these guys."
A trip to Georgia, which offered this week, is also likely.
"I was definitely surprised because I know in the past that they recruited mostly quarterbacks that were pro-style and just kind of sit in the pocket all day and throw," he said. "For them to have interest was real big. It was a real big surprise and something I'm definitely humbled by because they're a great, prestigious program and an SEC school, a powerhouse. It's really a blessing getting offered by schools like that."
Locksley is a dual-threat quarterback who played receiver as a sophomore behind Shane Cockerile, who is not at Maryland, and transitioned to quarterback in 2013.
He completed 55 percent of his passes and threw for 950 yards and six scores, and he rushed fr 850 yards (7.3 ypg) and 14 scores.
He said watching the evolution of UCLA under coach Jim Mora served as the impetus for him to schedule the trip.
"One, California is real nice," he said. "Secondly, in watching them this year and seeing how they (developed) under coach (Jim) Mora, it's been pretty cool. They went from kind of being a regular team that was always pretty good to this great team with a great offense. …It's what attracts me as a quarterback."
During his recent visit to Virginia Tech, Locksley was accompanied by his father, and the two met with Hokies offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler.
"What stood out to me most was how great of a coach the offensive coordinator and the quarterbacks coach was," Locksley said. "I met with him for almost three hours, just talking football and different things about the quarterback position. That is something that really stood out to me because that is something that will be key in my recruiting process, finding someone who can mold me into the quarterback I want to be.
"Their campus is real close and tight knit as a unit, so that is also something that surprised me, and I liked it a lot. Those were the two main things that stuck out."
Although Locksley has been to a lot of places to watch his father recruiting, the fall visit to Ohio State for the game against Wisconsin stood out because it was a different.
"That was something I never experienced before, and I've been to almost every conference," he said. "It was awesome. It was like an event out there. There were tons of people everywhere. People were flocking in from everywhere for the game, and their student section is ridiculous. They have two sides. It was something else. It definitely caught me by surprise.
"I talk to coach(Urban) Meyer every now and then, and I talk with (assistant) coach (Luke) Fickell every now and then. It's pretty good (communication)."
Finally, Maryland may be the school he knows the best, but he is taking a different approach with the Terps. He knows the ins-and-outs of the offense because of his father, but he is looking to build a bond with the rest of the season, including coach Randy Edsall.
"I'm really starting to get a relationship and a connection with coach Edsall, who took over being my lead recruiter," Locksley said. "It's the same thing as every other school, just getting to know them more in-depth. I'm getting to know the campus and the social life more in-depth, and getting to know the other coaches on the staff more rather than just guys I see around the office when I'm with my dad."
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