Commit Profile: Johnathan Lloyd

As the class of 2014 signs their national letters of intent, we run down each signee's recruiting process and look back at what it took for the Blue Devils to earn his commitment. Next up is North Carolina quarterback Johnathan Lloyd.

Name: Johnathan Lloyd

School: Southern Alamance HS (Graham, NC)

Ht/Wt/40: 6-foot-0 / 185lbs / 4.48

Projected Position: Quarterback

Recruiting Recap: The Graham (N.C.) Southern Alamance standout athlete selected Duke over written 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.

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. Duke, it seems, projects Lloyd as the former.

Quotable: "They want me to play quarterback," Lloyd previously told TDD of Duke. "Coach Cutcliffe was recruiting me very hard, as was Coach Collins. I like everyone on the staff, they are all great people and coaches to be around. During my visit I got a chance to sit down with Coach Cutcliffe and talk about everything from which position I'd play to how campus life is at Duke."

"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."

"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."

NOTE: Lloyd has already enrolled at Duke during the Winter Term.

"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."

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Evaluation: Lloyd is a dynamic athlete who could succeed at the college level as either a wide receiver or quarterback. In the passing game he's characterized as an explosive playmaker capable of beating you with his arm or his legs.

"Obviously, he's a very, very gifted athlete," Southern Alamance head coach Henry Trevathan said. "He has a combination of size and speed. So many times you'll get a kid that can run but he'll be small or you may get a big thick kid but he doesn't move very well… He has great athleticism." - Don Callahan

Projected 2014 Season Status: Lloyd has already enrolled and will participate in Spring Practice. However, as a true freshmen with so many returning rotational players in front of him, it is very likely that Lloyd will redshirt in 2014.


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