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Despite missing on Gilman's Kai Locksley, Maryland football has options under center

Would the Maryland football team have liked a commitment from Kai Locksley? Sure.

The Gilman rising senior is an athletic talent whom ESPN.com, Rivals.com and a number of major scouting services rank as one of the better dual-threat quarterbacks in the class of 2015.

But Locksley’s decision Thursday to commit to Florida State does not leave Maryland without quarterback options for the future.

Starter C.J. Brown will be gone after this season, but rising junior Caleb Rowe is expected to return. So are rising redshirt sophomore Perry Hills and rising redshirt freshman Shane Cockerille (Gilman).

Hills started seven games as a freshman, in 2012, before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Cockerille is a former four-star recruit who Maryland coaches feels has the potential to develop into a good player.

The Terps also have four-star freshman Will Ulmer, an athlete who will start his career at quarterback, and an oral commitment from class of 2015 prospect Gage Shaffer.

Shaffer is rated only a two-star prospect by Rivals.com but is a high-end three-star prospect on ESPN.com. Tom Luginbill, the site's national recruiting director, said during a recent phone interview that he thinks highly of Shaffer and believes he “has an opportunity to blossom” at Maryland. Shaffer has great size at 6 feet 7 and 215 pounds, and his arm strength is well regarded.

Locksley's decision to go elsewhere could help Maryland with future quarterback prospects as well.

The Terps are one of many teams in the hunt for Bullis rising junior Dwayne Haskins, one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the class of 2016. Had Maryland landed Locksley, the Terps likely would have been a less appealing option for a talent such as Haskins.

So while Maryland might have wanted Locksley, his decision to go to Florida State does not leave the Terps without options under center in either the short or long term.

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