Johnathan Lloyd was one of the most important recruits at NC State's scrimmage on Sunday.
That's because the Graham native and Southern Alamance junior is one of the state's top prospects and he's got a lot of interest in NC State.
The 6-0, 185-pound athlete told Pack Pride he's been to NC State more times than he can count off the top of his head but it was still a great experience to watch the team in action so close to the start of the season.
"I had fun today," Lloyd said on Sunday evening. "I met some new recruits and sat in on a team meeting the quarterbacks were having.
"I ate some good food," he chuckled. "We had some fried chicken, barbeque, green beans, macaroni and cookies. It was good."
Then came the scrimmage. Lloyd said he was impressed with how the team performed but it seemed like the high point of his trip was talking to the coaches and sitting in with the quarterbacks.
"At the QB meeting I was really trying to listen and see if I could find something I didn't know that could help me and translate it to my game," he said. "It was a brief meeting because they had to get ready for the scrimmage and they were just making a few corrections for themselves as far as their offensive scheme. It wasn't really a teaching moment but it was good to see what it's like (in college)."
What did O'Brien have to say to Lloyd?
"I met with him in his office and we just had a little conversation trying to build up that relationship. I talked to Coach Kitchings and some other guys too."
Prior to the Sunday visit Lloyd's most recent college trip was to NC State for a practice just a couple of weeks before.
Southern Alamance had their first regular season game over the weekend against Graham. It was a hard fought 22-16 win.
"It was intense," Lloyd said. "We had our ups and downs with it being the first game. You know it's going to be a little bit out of whack. I played well besides the leg cramps. I didn't really miss any time but I was a little crippled."
Southern Alamance rushed for 271 yards as a team with 82 of those belonging to Lloyd. He also passed for 70 yards on the night.
Lloyd added that he hopes to attend games at local schools like NC State, North Carolina, Duke, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest or ECU this fall. He said he's probably not going to make it out to schools like Ohio State until next year.