Clemson, Duke, Florida, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest are among the schools to have offered Lloyd, a 6-foot, 185-pounder from Graham (N.C.) Southern Alamance.
"I'm looking at academics, where I fit in football-wise, the coaching staff, and the players," Lloyd said.
While he's not prepared to divulge which schools will likely make his list, the odds are in favor of UNC making the cut.
"I like Carolina," Lloyd said. "They're close, they've shown a lot of interest, I can see myself playing there, and I've visited there a lot so I'm really familiar with the campus."
Speaking of visits, Lloyd's travels will be an important tool in the trimming process. During the fall, he attended games at Duke, UNC, NC State, and Wake Forest.
"I saw some good games this year – the Duke-Carolina game, the Florida State-NC State game," Lloyd said. "It was a lot of fun wherever I was at."
Lloyd will resume taking visits this weekend by attending a junior day at East Carolina. He's also scheduled to visit NC State the day after Signing Day.
The question that has always surrounded Lloyd is: What is his best position on the collegiate level. He stars at quarterback for Southern Alamance where he passed for 1,448 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 1,219 yards and 19 scores as a junior. He also plays situationally at safety.
"More and more schools like me at quarterback," Lloyd said. "… I'd like to play quarterback, but I'm just hoping to see where I fit in [with each school] in the future."
NC State has told Lloyd that if he were to join its program he would at least start out at quarterback.
"State said they want a [quarterback] that is mobile and can run and can get out of trouble," said Heath Lloyd, Johnathan's father and a coach at Southern Alamance.
Both Clemson and Duke have said flat out that they believe he's a quarterback in their system. In fact, David Cutcliffe visited Southern Alamance just before Christmas to tell Southern Alamance's coaches just that.
The only other head coach to have personally visited Southern Alamance was Larry Fedora. He also visited just before Christmas. Blake Anderson, who recruits Alamance County for UNC, visits the school regularly and most recently attended Lloyd's basketball game Tuesday night.
"They said they like me at the A-back position," Lloyd said.