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After early stumbles, Kai Locksley (Gilman) hits stride in breakout junior-college season

The easiest way to grasp former All-Metro honoree Kai Locksley’s post-Gilman career is to imagine it as a kind of choose-your-own-adventure story. Here would be the chapter summaries:

1. Four-star quarterback recruit, son of the offensive coordinator at Maryland, commits to Florida State on the same day another more highly touted quarterback does.

2. Four-star quarterback recruit switches pledge to Texas on 2015 national signing day.

3. Four-star quarterback recruit redshirts first season, is moved to wide receiver in second season.

4. Converted wide receiver does not make a catch in six games, quits team midseason in 2016.

5. Quarterback signs with junior-college power Arizona Western, expecting to play quarterback in 2017.

6. Junior-college quarterback later commits to Marshall, with plans to enroll in the summer of 2017 and sit out the season before becoming eligible.

7. Junior-college quarterback decides one month later that he would rather play than sit out a year, announces he’s leaving Arizona Western for Iowa Western.

8. Junior-college quarterback wins starting job at Iowa Western, becomes National Junior College Athletic Association’s Offensive Player of the Year.

Just as everyone expected, right?

"I know what it feels like to be at the top," Locksley told the Des Moines Register last month, "and I also know what it feels like to be at the bottom."

After passing for 2,238 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushing for 705 yards and another 20 touchdowns for the No. 2 Reivers (11-1) this season, Locksley is back on the market. He told the Register that he has scholarship offers from New Mexico State, Texas-El Paso and Marshall, and recent interest from Power Five programs Mississippi, Indiana, Pittsburgh and Kentucky.

Locksley has two years of eligibility remaining and wants to enroll in his next school for the next semester. The midyear transfer deadline for junior-college players is Jan. 15.

"My outlook now is just making sure it’s the correct fit all the way around, because this is the last opportunity I get to pick where I want to go," Locksley told the Register. "I want to take full advantage of that and make sure it’s a school that has people that are in place to put me in the best position to achieve my dream, which is the NFL. I know I need to get with an excellent quarterback coach who is going to continue to drill me and continue to keep me hungry and keep me working."

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