What was only speculation and a possible move just days ago has now become reality, as Kai Locksley is now listed as a wide receiver on the Texas Longhorns roster. The move had become increasingly anticipated after sophomore quarterback Jerrod Heard made the transition to receiver - a seemingly seamless transition - earlier this month after falling to third on the depth chart. The redshirt frosh Locksley was even further down the line, likely looking to be the fifth-best option at quarterback, hence, why the now-clear move to receiver was the best option besides a transfer.
Though Locksley committed to Texas in 2015 as a four-star dual-threat quarterback, his skill set and natural frame is likely better suited to play receiver at the college level. BON’s Wescott Eberts expanded on that a bit earlier this week regarding a video of Locksley impressively hauling in a pass in high school:
So this is Kai Locksley playing WR against Minkah Fitzpatrick (starting Bama CB, Freshman All-SEC) pic.twitter.com/QLHB6rsAkM— Ryan Bridges (@RyanBridgesCFB) August 11, 2016
“Look at the long strides as Locksley makes running past one of the nation’s top prospects in the 2014 class in Minkah Fitzpatrick, who profiles as the type of player headed for a long and successful NFL career.
Look at the ability to track the football and then adjust his body in the complete opposite correction to pull in the pass.
That’s a natural right there.
As a sophomore in high school, Locksley worked at the position before transitioning to quarterback for his final two seasons and he was regarded as an athlete coming out of high school by most of the recruiting services (only Scout ranked him as a quarterback), so none of this is particularly surprising.
As a senior, his total rushing yards exceeded his total passing yards.”
It’s also worth noting, Heard and Locksley’s moves to receiver could be an indication of the environment surrounding the Texas football program at the moment. Rather than electing to transfer and pursue quarterback careers elsewhere, both felt remaining in Austin and making the transition to receiver was the best option.
Locksley still has four years of eligibility after redshirting last season, so there’s certainly no shortage of time to transform a frustrating first year and a half on campus into a successful career.