Maryland’s decision to hire Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley seems to be a popular one.
Tuesday evening, Maryland made the announcement official that Locksley would be the next head coach of the Terrapins. Locksley is a Washington, D.C. native, has had two prior stints in College Park and has a strong recruiting background.
Later on Tuesday night, ESPN personality and Maryland graduate Scott Van Pelt praised his alma mater for the choice. And on Wednesday morning, another ESPN employee gave Maryland credit for the hire.
Kirk Herbstreit fired up a tweet in support of Locksley.
“Locks is the man!!” Herbstreit wrote. “So fired up and happy for him and his family to get back him. [Maryland] congratulations on a great hire. Just the man for the job.”
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 5, 2018
Locksley has been the brains behind Alabama’s prolific offense this season, which has been dominant from the start of the season. His deep ties to the Maryland area make him a great fit for the position.
In addition, Locksley is known as one of the top recruiters in college football right now. He’s been able to pluck some of the top recruits from the D.C, Maryland and Virginia areas (DMV) and establish strong connections with high school programs.
Thursday, Maryland will hold a press conference to introduce Locksley as the head coach.