2014 ATH Receives UNC Offer

North Carolina extended an uncharacteristically early scholarship offer on Wednesday.

The recipient was Jonathan Lloyd, a 6-foot, 175-pound freshman (class of 2014) from Graham (N.C.) Southern Alamance.

Surprisingly, UNC wasn't the first school to verbally offer Lloyd. Duke and Virginia Tech have also offered the prodigy.

"It's a blessing," Lloyd said. "I'm just taking it all in."

Lloyd's UNC offer was delivered by Butch Davis during a meeting in his office.

"He told me he doesn't normally offer this early," Lloyd said. "He just talked about my skill set and my potential."

Lloyd, his father, Southern Alamance assistant coach Danny Pope, and Davis met for roughly 30 minutes on Wednesday.

"We talked about academics, student life, college players, creating a good relationship, and the faith aspect," Lloyd said.

Wednesday's visit to UNC was Lloyd's first to the school.

"[The visit] went very well," Lloyd said. "Everybody was very polite – the players, the staff. It was just a good day all around."

In addition to the Davis meeting, Lloyd's stay included a campus tour, and meetings with academic counselors and Everett Withers, who recruits Alamance County for UNC.

"[Withers] just talked to me about my film, Carolina, and having me down there," Lloyd said.

UNC, like other interested schools, is recruiting Lloyd as an athlete.

During his freshman season, Lloyd lined up at wide receiver, defensive back, quarterback in wildcat situations, and kickoff returner. He ended the season with 30 receptions for 478 yards and 11 touchdowns, and 327 yards and four scores on 55 rushes. He also returned a kickoff to pay dirt. Following the season he was named All-Metro Conference and second team all-region.

Lloyd will be Southern Alamance's starting quarterback the next three seasons.

"I've played quarterback all my life," Lloyd said. "[My freshman season] was the first year I've played different positions because we had a senior quarterback who was a good passer.

"I still want to be a quarterback [in college], but we'll see what the future holds."

Like the UNC offer, Lloyd received his Duke and Virginia Tech scholarship offers during visits to the respective schools.

Lloyd made all three aforementioned visits at the request of the respective coaching staffs.

"The schools that are sticking out right now are the ones that I visited, because those are the ones that have made the most contact with me," Lloyd said. "Those are the ones that I've had contact with and talked to."

Besides its interest level, Lloyd likes UNC's proximity to his home.

"It's close and convenient for my family so they can go to home games," Lloyd said. "Even most of their away games are close."

This summer, Lloyd said he will visit Ohio State.

Lloyd plans to make a verbal commitment prior to his senior football season, which will give him at least two years to deliberate his collegiate destination.

"I'll pray about it and ask God to help lead me in the right direction," Lloyd said. "Academics will be a big part of [my decision], too."

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