"I was at the Miami game and several other games this year," said Lloyd. "Being in the stands really just made me that much more excited to be out there with those guys. I think the wins they've had proves Duke is the real thing."
Seeing the Blue Devils exceed expectations this year on the way to a 9-2 record and at least a share of the Coastal Division Championship is something Lloyd bought into when he committed back in June. Of course, seeing things come to fruition has been rewarding for the future Blue Devil who chose 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.
"Winning the games they have is just great for the program. It proves that Duke is going to new heights. I'm proud to be a part of it all."
Lloyd is scheduled to visit Durham for the big recruiting weekend on December 6th and will then turn around and enroll for the January semester. So is it tough to turn the page from a very successful prep career to preparing for college so soon?
"It's not tough at all. I have prepared and I feel I am ready to make the transition for this kind of opportunity. I have been preparing for this chance."
Lloyd will start his career under center for the Blue Devils, and says he knows there are a number of challenges awaiting him.
"I don't know exactly what the biggest challenge will be for me, but I have done everything possible to make this transition as smooth as possible. I guess the biggest challenge will be acclimating to the unknown…I mean people have told me how things will be, but I have to see it for myself I think."
"Really, with the on-field stuff, it'll be about timing and the increased speed of the game, but getting used to that will come with reps. I also know I'll have to be ready for school as well. I know Duke will be tough, but rewarding in the classroom."
Lloyd says he hopes to wear jersey number five when he gets to Duke.