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Late Night With Locks: Why D'Qwell Jackson apologized to Mike Locksley

Late Night With Locks: Why D'Qwell Jackson apologized to Mike Locksley

D'Qwell Jackson realized during his appearance on "Late Night With Locks" that he owed Maryland coach Mike Locksley an apology over the stress he caused when he was being recruited as a high school prospect. 

"I put you through it," he said. "That's probably when you started to lose your hair man. Let me apologize. Because I never have. Because I put you through it."

Locksley told the story of recruiting Jackson to Maryland. It was signing day. The letter of intent was in Jackson's hand. And all of a sudden while on the phone with Jackson, Locksley hears his high school coach in the background. 

"And I'm like D'Qwell, just sign it and send it in. And his coach in the background was like 'don't rush, take your time," he remembered. "... I'm like D'Qwell. Send the fax in."

After a couple of hours back and forth, Locksley gave up. He went home and when he came in the next morning, there were three pieces of paper on the floor from the fax machine (yes it was that long ago) with Jackson's commitment. 

"I was like there's no way I'm going to beat Florida on a Florida kid with his high school coach pushing him," Locksley remembers thinking when he left the night before.

Jackson remembers thinking it was the toughest decision he would ever have to make. He told Locksley on Friday that that night back in high school he was at a coach's house and they brought out a big sheet of paper and went through the pros and cons. 

"We did it with every school. In my mind, I knew I wanted to go to Maryland, but I just needed some reassurance," he said.

Jackson's first offer for college came from UCF. But Maryland and Locksley - who at the time was coaching under Ralph Friedgen - came shortly after on the recruiting trail. 

"And when that happened, the floodgates opened up. I have to give you the credit where credit is due. Because of you, I got the attention necessary to play DI," Jackson said. 

So after going through the pros and cons sheet, the pros outweighed everything. But Jackson couldn't sign it right away. He needed another night to think about it.

"It was tough. Where I grew up, you're either a diehard Florida State fan or you're a diehard University of Florida fan," he said. "... If you didn't get attention from either of these schools, you were considered second-tier."

In the end, he knew he wanted to be more in the DMV area. He signed the letter of intent and never looked back.

"It was the best decision I could have made for myself," he said.

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Report: Top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams gave Maryland last word before college decision

Report: Top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams gave Maryland last word before college decision

On Saturday night, the No. 1 quarterback prospect of the 2021 recruiting class will announce his decision on where he will spend his college career. And he may not even have to leave the DMV to do it.

Gonzaga’s junior signal caller Caleb Williams has narrowed his list of options down to three schools: Oklahoma, LSU and Maryland. Though the Sooners under quarterback guru Lincoln Riley are considered the favorites to land him, the hometown Terrapins have outlasted a plethora of other schools throughout Williams’ decision-making process. According to The Washington Post, he gave head coach Michael Locksley and the Terps final word, last speaking with Maryland coaches on June 27.

Ranked the fourth overall player in his class by 247sports, Williams is coming off back-to-back seasons in which he was named first-team All-Met. As a junior in 2019, he threw for 1,770 yards and 19 touchdowns while showcasing his dual-threat ability by rushing for 838 yards and another 18 scores.

Locksley and the Terps have already enjoyed a successful offseason of recruiting highlighted by landing 247sports’ fourth-ranked wide receiver in the 2020 class, Rakim Jarrett. A product of St. John’s in D.C., he flipped from LSU on signing day, surprising even Locksley.

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Though the Terps went just 3-9 (1-8 in Big Ten play) last season, the addition of Jarrett as a legitimate weapon in the passing game may be enough to convince Williams to forego Oklahoma and LSU. He plans to announce his decision Saturday at 9 p.m.

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Top 2022 prospect Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State

Top 2022 prospect Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State

The No. 1 prospect basketball in the class of 2022 Emoni Bates announced his commitment to Michigan State on Monday. 

The five-star small forward is considered the best high school prospect in more than a decade and will be taking his talents to the Big Ten.

Bates had offers from four other schools: DePaul, Florida State, Kentucky and Michigan. The Michigan native announced his commitment extremely early in the recruiting process –– so early that the top eight recruits in the 2021 class have not even announced their decisions yet.

The 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward became the first commit of Michigan State’s class. He is also the first five-star to become a Spartan since Jaren Jackson Jr. in 2017 and the first No. 1 prospect to sign with the school since ESPN began its recruiting database in 2007.

His commitment came at a crucial time for the Spartans who lost significant talent at the end of last season in 2019 Big Ten Player of the Year Cassius Winston, who graduated, and 2020 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Xavier Tillman Sr., who declared for the NBA Draft after his junior season.

Maryland will now have to face Bates at least twice a year in Big Ten play. The Terps have two commits in their class of 2021 – four stars Julian Reese and Ike Cornish – but have yet to add a member to the class of 2022. 

Last season, Maryland and Michigan State each won one matchup against the other. The two teams tied alongside Wisconsin as co-Big Ten Champions. All three teams posted a 14-6 conference record before the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments were cut short or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In the final AP Poll, Michigan State finished ninth while Maryland finished 12th.

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