Kai Locksley: Son of Terps coach explains reason for picking FSU

Kai Locksley: Son of Terps coach explains reason for picking FSU
August 8, 2014, 11:00 am
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Maryland had envisioned the prospect of dynamic, play-making four-star Gilman (Md.) quarterback Kai Locksley as an answer to a need at that position once starter C.J. Brown graduates after this season.

The son of Terrapins offensive coordinator Mike Locksley could be the center of his father's system, but he chose July 31 to commit to Florida State, Maryland's former ACC foe and the reigning national champions.

But why did the younger Locksley turn down the opportunity to come to College Park and play for his father, breaking the trend his brothers before who played college football at other destinations had set?

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"I talked to my older brothers a lot about it," Locksley told FOX Sports in a story published Thursday. "Playing for my dad was always a dream of mine, but watching how things unraveled for them and the pressure that was on both of them and on my family, it really took a toll on my family watching them at Illinois and at New Mexico. At the end of the day, while it'd be awesome to play for your dad, but at that type of level there's a bunch of complications that come into effect."

The Seminoles now have an embarrassment of riches at quarterback from the class of 2015, including two other four-star prospects at the position -- Deondre Francois and De'Andre Johnson. But despite that, the lure of success by Jameis Winston and E.J. Manuel seems to be strong.

"I just knew at Florida State that I didn't have any shadow over me with my dad coaching there," he continued, speaking to FOX. "Or just expectations of playing underneath your dad and I knew at Florida State, with them just coming off winning a national championship, I'd have a great opportunity because they have such great weapons and two great quarterback developers in Coach [Randy] Sanders and Coach [Jimbo] Fisher."