2014 Target: Jonathan Lloyd

GRAHAM, N.C. --- North Carolina was among the first schools to extend Johnathan Lloyd, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete from Southern Alamance, a scholarship offer.

Scouting Report

"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."

Prep Career

Since his freshman season, Lloyd has primarily started at quarterback in Southern Alamance's spread offense. Regardless, he has lined up at every skill position.

"We want to make sure he's in positions to where he has access to the ball," Trevathan said. "To me that means playing him at a couple different positions, so that defenses can't key on him."

Trevathan also considers Lloyd a starter on defense in the secondary. However, the situation and the opponent dictate his game reps.

"He'll play a fair amount [on defense]," Trevathan said. "If he's having a really good game offensively and running the ball a bunch, obviously we went to play him as little as we can on defense to make sure he is rested. But he's one of our better cover guys, so if we're playing a team that has a really good wideout or a team that throws the ball effectively, then he may need to play a little bit more on defense."


Eleven schools total have already offered the junior a scholarship, including Duke, Florida, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. Under the Butch Davis regime, UNC was among the first group to offer. Shortly after arriving in Chapel Hill, Larry Fedora reconfirmed Lloyd's UNC offer.

"There wasn't a big gap in between [communication with the two UNC staffs] – maybe a couple of weeks," Lloyd said. "I've been down there with the new staff more than a couple of times.

"It's just like meeting a new friend – you have to get to know them, hang out with them more, ask questions. But so far it's been all good."

Lloyd has visited most of the schools that have offered him. The group that hasn't received a visit includes Florida and Notre Dame. He plans to attend games at Clemson, Florida, and Notre Dame this fall.

"If it was my choice, I'd visit them all," Lloyd said. "But obviously there are variables that will prevent me from doing that."

Lloyd's visits haven't resulted in a favorite schools list.

"They're all pretty neck-and-neck," Lloyd said. "…. But later on down the road, I'll start to narrow it down and there will be a specific top five."

Lloyd predicts he'll have a favorite schools list assembled after his junior football season.

With that said, Lloyd's countless visits to UNC have left a favorable impression.

"I like everything about it," Lloyd said. "It's close (20 minutes down the road so family and friends can come watch), good education, good football, good campus, and good student life."

Most schools are recruiting Lloyd simply as an athlete.

"Most of them don't really know yet [what position I'll play]," Lloyd said. "I'll be playing defensive back or receiver or if I grow I could play quarterback."

Trevathan believes Lloyd is an offensive player and his exact position will be determined by the scheme he plays in.

"I feel that he's definitely an offensive skilled player," Trevathan said. "… I think he has enough ability, enough skill, and enough sense to where he can fit into any [offensive] position."

That opinion is good news to Lloyd, who said his preference is offense.

Extra Notes

Lloyd is also being recruited as a baseball player. He said his ideal situation is to continue to play both sports in college. On the diamond, he plays shortstop and centerfield, while batting leadoff… Lloyd has close friends in Columbus, Ohio, who attended Ohio State. He also said he has plenty of friends who are UNC and NC State alumni… Lloyd grew up an Ohio State and UNC fan. His favorite player was former Buckeye and Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith.

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