Maryland interim head coach and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley reportedly will not return to the Terrapins' staff, but Rivals.com recruiting analyst Mike Farrell says the program "will be just fine" without the highly regarded assistant on staff.
From a larger piece written from the Under All-America Game in Orlando:
As for the Terps new head coach D.J. Durkin, most of the top kids in the DMV are now considering Maryland again and a few outside that area as well (Craig-Myers). Even with the loss of local recruiter Mike Locksley, Maryland will be just fine with new hire Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, who was a head coach in DC but also made great connections down in the Southeast.
Abdul-Rahim was one of Durkin's first hires, set to coach the defensive backs. After being the head coach at Friendship Collegiate (D.C.), he took a job on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama. A number of Maryland players attended Friendship and more local players, including four-star QB commit Dwayne Haskins, are familiar with him from the DMV football scene.
That's before mentioning the addition of former Virginia head coach Mike London to coach the defensive line. His ties to the Tidewater region of Virginia helped him bring high-level talent to Charlottesville during his time with the Cavaliers.
Haskins spoke with Farrell earlier this week about Locksley and how his commitment could be affected by his status.
“Me and Coach Locksley have been friends for about two years now, so we really built a strong relationship,” Haskins told Farrell. “I’ve visited multiple times and got to know him as a person, as a football coach, and as a recruiter so I mean I wouldn’t say it hurts Maryland’s chances, but it definitely is different not having him around.”
Read more from Farrell's coverage in Orlando here.