I have to echo the sentiment that it is disappointing to see them doing this poorly locally, especially since that was Locksley's calling card and the only reason I felt good about him being hired. Hopefully they can have a good season on the field and flip a couple DMV kids late.
That said, I don't really think this is all that related to Jordan McNair. If there were concerns that the issues that cost him his life had not been addressed at UM, even the 3-star kids wouldn't give them a sniff....it's not like they and their parents value their health and safety any less than the 4/5-star recruits. I think it's just that MD hasn't been any good for a long time. Durkin briefly sold them on his vision and enthusiasm, but even he didn't win enough games before it all went up in smoke. So I think everyone now is more skeptical....and even as respected as Locksley is locally, he's not going to get the benefit of a doubt. He has to post wins first.
I don't think they can sustain the level of talent that Durkin was getting by going after 2nd/3rd tier players from Georgia, Florida, NJ, etc.; plus hoping for a few big scores on the transfer market (even though that is a bigger factor now than ever before). It's fine as a stopgap for one cycle/season after a coaching change, but long term UM is going to have to get more/better local players to have any chance of being competitive.