After failing to see the field as a wide receiver for the Texas Longhorns in 2016 and electing to transfer in October, redshirt freshman Kai Locksley signed with Arizona Western College on Monday, he announced via Twitter:
The only quarterback signed by the ‘Horns in the 2015 class, Locksley will return to quarterback for the Matadors in hopes of earning another shot at playing big-time college football at his preferred position.
“He felt like he needed to be somewhere else,” former head coach Charlie Strong said when Locksley left the team.
The 6’4, 188-pounder always had a questionable future at the quarterback position after playing wide receiver in the Under Armour All-American game in 2015. After arriving in Austin, 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 Strong planned on giving him some snaps in the second half before having to cancel the final two quarters because of rain in 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 Texas Team to Stillwater for the Oklahoma State game before announcing his intentions to transfer.
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.