New Defense Impresses Lloyd

Accepting Chuck Pagano's invitation, Justin Lloyd was in attendance for North Carolina's season opener Saturday.

"I just like UNC and I wanted to get a chance to talk to the coaches," said Lloyd. "I was very interested in the opening game against James Madison, because I'm also looking at James Madison. It was a time to evaluate both teams. UNC was looking real good."

Pagano wasn't available to speak to Lloyd following the game. Therefore, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback spoke to primary recruiting Tommy Thigpen.

"I told him my stats from my first game," said Lloyd. "He was just telling me how he wants to see that film so he can push a scholarship [and] hurry up and try to put an offer on the table."

Lloyd is relying on his head football coach to get UNC film from that first game, where Lloyd led Charlotte (N.C.) Victory Christian Center with nine tackles. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, and recorded a sack and two pass breakups.

Lloyd arrived on UNC's campus later than he had hoped Saturday. However, he made it into Kenan Stadium just in time to catch the player entrance.

"It was a nice atmosphere," said Lloyd. "It's a real family environment. I liked the environment up there. It seemed like the fans were really committed to the school – I could get used to that."

Saturday's game was Lloyd's first opportunity to see UNC in live action.

"I really liked their defense," said Lloyd. "They looked very aggressive to the ball. They were way better than I saw on TV last year. Really, I thought they did real good. I can see the coaching staff has already started to turn things around. I can really see myself going there."

Lloyd currently claims UNC and Appalachian State, who has offered a scholarship, as his co-leaders.

With a December graduation looming, Lloyd hopes to make his collegiate decision within the next couple of months.

"I'll probably make a verbal commitment after my fourth game, which is in about three-four weeks," said Lloyd. "I'll probably wait a little longer if North Carolina hasn't offered me yet. But, after a while I have to get ready for college. I'm going to college in January; I don't have that much longer to wait."

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