Lloyd: "Playing QB is in my heart"

To say that Johnathan Lloyd's commitment to the Duke football program was big, may very well be an understatement. By nabbing the Graham (N.C.) Southern Alamance standout, the Blue Devils not only got a highly rated in-state prospect, they also beat out a number of BCS caliber programs. TDD spoke with Lloyd about the decision and his future in Durham.

"I just felt like Duke is the right place for me," said Graham (N.C.) Southern Alamance standout Johnathan Lloyd. "I will be able to play quarterback, and I'll also be able to play baseball while getting a great education."

Lloyd, who picked Duke over offers from North Carolina, West Virginia, Clemson, NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Indiana, Illinois, and East Carolina, said the excitement from his commitment seemed to spread throughout the Duke athletic department.

"Everyone there was really excited. I am going to play both sports, and the baseball staff was just as happy as the football staff. Everyone at Duke on the staff are very real and very sincere when they talk with me."

With so many offers, Lloyd had to narrow his list before making the final call. At the end of the process he reported the most interest from Duke and North Carolina State. Now that he's committed, he's looking forward to taking a break from the recruiting process.

"The other schools' reaction was normal, I guess. They were all understanding and respectful of my choice. I'm excited to be committed to Duke."

And while other programs may continue to recruit him, there is one way that Lloyd could certainly avoid that -- by enrolling early. It's something the three star prospect says he's given quite a lot of thought to.

"I'm strongly considering enrolling in January at this point," he said.

At just under 6-foot-1, and 185 pounds with a 4.48 forty on the books, Lloyd is classified by Scout.com as a wider receiver, but college programs have projected him as a quarterback and receiver. At Duke, he'll be a quarterback which was a big pull for the Blue Devils.

"Playing quarterback is in my heart, and I'm very happy to have an opportunity to do so at Duke. Coach Cutcliffe is one of the best QB coaches around, and I'm really excited to be with him. With him and Coach Roper working with me, I feel like I can really grow as a quarterback."

With his commitment behind him, what is Lloyd most looking forward to with regards to the next few years of his football career?

"For me, I'm really looking forward to competing and helping take the program to the next level. We're not going to be the Duke football program of old."

Lloyd is a three star prospect according to Scout.com As a junior at Southern Alamance, Lloyd threw for 1,448 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also ran for 1,215 yards and 19 touchdowns.

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