By Lew Patton
Texas head coach Charlie Strong is doing all he can to rebuild the Texas football program, and now he may have his quarterback to get things going. Kai Locksley switched his commitment from Florida State to Texas, giving Strong a huge recruit just days before National Signing Day.
Locksley, the son of Maryland assistant coach Mike Locksley, is a four-star recruit according to Rivals. The recruiting service labels Locksley an athlete, but he is expected to play quarterback for the Longhorns. Locksley had committed to the Seminoles last July, but with a crowded quarterback position in Florida State’s recruiting class and in Tallahassee, it was likely one quarterback was going to pursue a different route. This turned out to be Locksley, who now will have a chance to step in early and have an impact in Austin as Strong attempts to revive the program.
Strong did tremendous work in building the Louisville program and he had a quarterback more than capable of carrying the load the entire time in Teddy Bridgewater. It would be premature to suggest Locksley will be as good as or better than Bridgewater turned out to be at Louisville. Bridgewater was a special player and was the perfect quarterback to buy into Strong’s philosophies. If Locksley brings the same qualities to Austin, then things should be pretty fun to watch at Texas rather soon.