Speaking with Mike Farrell of Rivals.com before the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Maryland four-star quarterback commit Dwayne Haskins -- as part of a larger interview -- was asked about the reported departure of one-time interim head coach and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley from the Terrapin staff.
Locksley, who took over for fired head coach Randy Edsall in the middle of the season, was reportedly offered an unspecified spot on staff after DJ Durkin hired Arkansas State’s Walt Bell to be the team’s next offensive coordinator.
Locksley was integral to Haskins’ recruitment under the prior coaching regime.
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“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.”
Since the hiring of Durkin, Haskins has remained committed to Maryland but has been courted by other programs. A report on Monday said he could possibly visit a pair of SEC schools, LSU and Texas A&M, in January.
Haskins is considered the centerpiece of Maryland’s 2016 class and one of the main player recruiters who has constructed the class that also includes four- and five-star players like DeMatha’s Tino Ellis and D.J. Turner, as well as Good Counsel (Md.) linebacker Keandre Jones.
Haskins is ranked by Rivals.com as the 83rd-best prospect in the country and the No. 3 pro-style quarterback. Watch more of Farrell's interview with the quarterback here:
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.
Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.
McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.
After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.
In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."
He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."
Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business.
In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins.
The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic.
Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April.
At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff.
Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark.
In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist.
The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.