Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley picks Florida State over Terps, Texas

  • Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley celebrates a long run for a touchdown against Anacostia in September.
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July 31, 2014|By Matt Zenitz | Baltimore Sun Media Group

Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley has orally committed to Florida State, picking the Seminoles over Maryland and Texas.

Locksley, the son of Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, is rated by ESPN as the 11th-best dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2015 and the seventh-best player in Maryland. He recently dropped the Terps from consideration, he said.

"They kind of were my dark horse throughout this whole process," Locksley said. "They were a school I felt could, out of nowhere, just pop up, but we kind of decided together that it was real hard to play for your dad, especially at the level that he's at and [Maryland] being a strong program and a Division I program. It's much tougher to do it in college and we decided it was better to go elsewhere and grow myself as my own man."

After whittling his list to Texas and Florida State, the All-Metro second-team selection made his final decision on Wednesday.

"I had been down there three times during the process and I built a real strong relationship with those coaches and in terms of opportunity and development, the coaching staff is top notch in all those areas," Locksley said Thursday. "I felt as though it was the best school to help me make dreams come true in terms of making it to the NFL."

247Sports first reported Locksley’s commitment.

Baltimore Sun reporter Katherine Dunn contributed to this article.

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