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Sources: Maryland to Hire Locksley

The University of Maryland is expected to announce the hiring of Mike Locksley as its new offensive coordinator, likely before the end of this week, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told Inside Maryland Sports.

Locksley, a former assistant coach at Maryland regarded as the premier recruiter of Washington-area high school football talent, is expected to replace Gary Crowton, who was let go Wednesday afternoon after one season with the Terps.

Locksley, 41, who spent the past two-and-a-half seasons as head coach at New Mexico, is a Washington, D.C,. native with a long track record of recruiting success. He was largely responsible for recruiting many of the players comprising former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen's three consecutive 10-win teams in the early 2000s. He then moved on to the University of Florida as recruiting coordinator in 2003, followed by four seasons as Illinois' offensive coordinator.

At Illinois, Locksley continued to procure top talent, including Washington, D.C., wide receiver Arrelious Benn, who was regarded as the No. 1 wide receiver in the country and was the 2007 Big 10 freshman of the year. His pro-style offense led the Big 10 in rushing yards per game in 2006 and 2007 before topping the conference in passing yards per game in 2008.

Locksley's arrival is expected to revitalize Maryland's recruiting efforts and help the Terps rebound from a 2-10 mark in 2011. He was let go at New Mexico in September and was rumored to be up for positions at N.C. State, North Carolina and Ohio State, but multiple sources told today he's accepted Maryland's offer. No details of the agreement were available.

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