One notable absence from the sidelines during Saturday’s game against the Iowa State Cyclones was Texas Longhorns freshman wide receiver Kai Locksley.
Buried on the depth chart after a position change from quarterback during fall camp, Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods reported on Monday morning that the 6’4, 188-pounder is no longer with the team and intends to transfer in December — he was unhappy about a lack of playing time.
Head coach Charlie Strong confirmed during his Monday media availability that Locksley is no longer with the team, but is still taking classes at the school in an effort to maintain his eligibility.
“He felt like he needed to be somewhere else.”
The late quarterback addition in the 2015 class always had a questionable future at the position after playing wide receiver in the Under Armour All-American game that season. He redshirted his first season at Texas.
During the spring, he was vocal on Twitter about his lack of playing time during the Orange and White game, even though head coach Charlie Strong planned on giving him some snaps in the second half before having to cancel the final two quarters because of rain the area.
After that outburst and reports that the Maryland product was out of favor with the coaching staff, Locksley opted to follow fellow former quarterback Jerrod Heard in making a move to wide receiver during fall camp.
However, that move didn’t work out for Locksley, either, as he did not see any game action and didn’t travel with the team to Stillwater.
Locksley was a consensus four-star prospect, the No. 388 prospect nationally, the No. 23 athlete, and the No. 6 player in Maryland, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
A multi-sport athlete at Gilman High School in Baltimore, Locksley was a standout in basketball and track. He also played wide receiver early in his career before rushing for 1,050 yards and 17 touchdowns while throwing for 915 yards and five touchdowns as a senior.