New UTEP offensive coordinator Mike Canales is already making some eye opening moves in his first week.
Canales, UTEP’s current acting new coach while Dana Dimel finishes with K-State bowl prep, boarded a Southwest Airlines flight last night headed to Iowa, and offered former Texas and Iowa Western CC quarterback Kai Locksley.
Iowa Western QB Kai Locksley (@LOCKSnLOADED_3) just picked up a UTEP offer. New Mexico State offered Dec. 5. Impressive season for the former Texas Longhorn: 2,943 total yards, 40 TDs (20 pass, 20 rush).— Matthew Bain (@MatthewBain_) December 14, 2017
Locksley transferred to Iowa Western CC after two seasons at Texas. He was the only quarterback Texas signed in 2015, but was moved to wide receiver and did not see action in his red shirt season in 2016.
This past season at Iowa Western CC, the 6’4 dual-threat completed 66.4 percent of his passes, and threw for 2,238 yards in 12 games. He also ran for 705 yards, and threw 20 touchdowns, and ran for 20 more scores.
He was a former four-star prospect and the number six overall player in the state of Maryland coming out of high school.
The NMSU-UTEP recruiting battle will be interesting as both programs will be looking for immediate upgrades at quarterback.
The new early signing period starts next week, and a Kai Locksley commit would start the Dana Dimel era off to a promising start.