The folks in Greensboro have apparently answered in kind.
But at least the Terps are finally playing a Baltimore team, Morgan State, in late November.
I’m sure Maryland fans are fired up about that.
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What’s the latest in the recruitment of Kai Locksley?
Matt Bracken: I caught up with the son of Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley after a Nike Baltimore Elite practice last week at Baltimore City Community College. Kai Locksley, a rising junior at Gilman, is currently playing up a level with Nike Elite’s 17-and-under squad.
“It’s going real well, trying to manage both basketball and football, so it’s been a little bit of a transition,” Locksley said. “Playing up and then playing in a league like the EYBL, it’s a real different type of basketball, real competitive.”
In his first game of the EYBL session in Los Angeles last month, Locksley put up 17 points and 15 rebounds. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound wing averaged 12 points during that first session. His numbers have gone down a bit since then, but the Greyhounds star has done enough to draw mid-major attention, most recently from Tulsa.
While Locksley acknowledged that it’s nice to have a “fallback plan” in basketball, football remains his No. 1 sport in terms of accomplishment and college interest. He played wide receiver for the MIAA A Conference-champion Greyhounds last fall, but is expected to switch to quarterback as a junior with the graduation of future Terp QB Shane Cockerille.
Locksley said he has offers from Florida State, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Temple.
“A couple schools actually offered me as an athlete because they’ve seen what I can do as a receiver but they want to see what I can do at quarterback now, so they’re just waiting based on how I do this season,” he said.
Thanks to his father’s coaching career, Locksley has lived in Florida, Illinois, New Mexico and now Maryland again. He wouldn’t be opposed to going to college in “a nice hot area,” but acknowledged that he “can definitely get acclimated to wherever.”
Locksley will be/already is a priority recruit for Maryland and a host of other major football programs. The Terps can obviously play the family card, but Locksley said his father is playing the recruitment straight so far.
“He actually doesn’t put too much pressure on me,” Locksley said. “He’s not much of a pressure guy, but he definitely holds me to high standards.”