Kai Locksley left the state of Texas, but has now found his way back.
The former University of Texas quarterback announced on Twitter Monday night that he has committed to continuing his collegiate playing career at UTEP. The Miners’ new head coach, Dana Dimel, addressed the development on his own Twitter account.
Locksley, whose father Mike is an assistant at Alabama, was a four-star member of the Longhorns’ 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 6 player at any position in the state of Maryland. After not attempting a pass or playing a down his first two seasons at UT — he ultimately transitioned to wide receiver — Locksley moved on to an Iowa junior college.
After spending the 2017 season at the JUCO, Locksley was rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback at that level of football.
Many an observer – OK, at least one — of the Texas football program view Jerrod Heard as the best possible option at the quarterback position for the Longhorns. Wednesday, that standing was tossed into a state of flux.
UT announced via a one-sentence, emailed release this afternoon, that Heard sustained a shoulder injury during practice Tuesday. The severity of the injury is unknown, and Heard “is being evaluated at this time.”
Tyrone Swoopes began the 2015 season as the Longhorns’ starter, but was replaced after one game by Heard. The then-redshirt freshman proceeded to start the next 10 games, throwing five touchdowns and five interceptions as UT went 4-6 during his time as the starter. Swoopes then started the season finale against Baylor.
This offseason, head coach Charlie Strong has described a quarterback competition that includes redshirt freshmen Kai Locksley and Matthew Merrick and true freshman Shane Buechele as wide open.