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Sources: Mike Locksley targeting SEC assistant for defensive coordinator role

Sources tell FootballScoop that Tennessee safeties coach / special teams coordinator Charles Kelly has been offered the Maryland defensive coordinator job. We are told Maryland expects Kelly to accept the position and a deal could be in place as early as this evening.

Kelly just wrapped up his first season on the Vols staff and prior to that he served as the defensive coordinator at Florida State for four seasons under Jimbo Fisher from 2014-17.

He stepped from special teams coordinator and linebackers coach into the defensive coordinator role for the Seminoles after capturing the 2013 national title after Jeremy Pruitt left the staff for the defensive coordinator job at Georgia. At Florida State, Kelly coached 12 eventual NFL Draft picks, including an impressive nine first-round selections.

In Tallahassee, Kelly's defenses ranked among the nation's top 25 his last three seasons, led the nation in sacks in 2016 and had a top ten scoring defense in 2015.

Kelly also served on staff at Georgia Tech from 2006-12, coaching defensive backs, special teams and serving as defensive coordinator on an interim basis during the 2012 season.

Earlier today we shared Locksley had brought in Scottie Montgomery as offensive coordinator, and John Reagan as offensive line coach. Locks is putting together a solid staff thus far.

Head to The Scoop for the latest in coaching job change information.

Thursday AM Update> Source tells FootballScoop Maryland's search is moving on as Charles Kelly has decided to remain with the Vols.

We will update as the next step for the Terps becomes clear.