Lloyd talks Duke and senior season

One of the most sought after Duke commits in the class of 2014 is in-state athlete Johnathan Lloyd. After picking the Blue Devils in June, Lloyd has turned his attention to his senior season at Southern Alamance where he's terrorizing defenses halfway through the year. TDD sat down with Lloyd to talk about that, recruiting, and his future plans.

"Right now we are 5-1 on the season," said Graham (N.C.) Southern Alamance standout Johnathan Lloyd. "The one game we did lose was a double overtime game. We had some miscues in that game, and early on but we have cleaned those up at this point."

That double overtime loss was to Western Alamance in a game where looking at the statistics would paint a very different picture.

"We had over 400 yards of total offense in that game compared to their 160 or so. But, miscues hurt us."

Southern Alamance moving the football up and down the field with ease has become commonplace this season thanks to Lloyd who is routinely putting up numbers usually reserved for video games.

"I feel like I have started the season off well individually. I have thrown for over 1,500 yards and run for another 500 yards. I have 13 passing touchdowns and another eight running."

When he's finished on Friday nights, Lloyd has been making the short drive to Durham the next day for visits to his future school.

"I've been to every Duke home game so far, and Coach Cutcliffe has come to one of my games as well. I think they have been doing really well this year, but losing Boone really hurt them. They are rallying around Connette though, and I think more wins are coming."

In addition to the visits, Lloyd is staying in touch with the coaches as well.

"I'm also talking to the whole coaching staff about once a week, especially Coach Collins and Coach Roper. Coach Cut and Coach Boyette also talk to me pretty regularly."

It's almost if the Duke coaching staff is working hard to preserve a player who turned down a number of high major offers when he selected the Blue Devils a few months back. However, Lloyd says there's no doubt as to his future.

"I am a firm commitment. Schools still do recruit and send me a lot of mail, but I'm committed to Duke. I haven't scheduled my official visit yet, but I will. I'm only going to take a visit to Duke, and I am confident in my decision to attend Duke. I will be enrolling in the Spring semester as well."

Lloyd has been projected as a receiver by some recruiting analysts, but that's not in his future at this point.

"Duke is recruiting me as a quarterback only," he added.

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