Lloyd talks Irish

Graham (N.C.) Southern Alamance WR/QB Johnathan Lloyd lists four schools recruiting him the hardest, explains how Notre Dame is selling their offensive scheme to him, and discusses his spring and summer visits.

Notre Dame is expected to take at least two receivers in the 2014 class, and with a commitment secured from outside guy Justin Brent, the Irish are targeting a slot man who can dabble in special teams. Slot receiver/quarterback Johnathan Lloyd of Graham (N.C.) Southern Alamance fits that bill, and he's hearing quite a bit from Notre Dame.

"I talk with the running backs coach (Tony Alford) a lot," Lloyd said. "I get lots of mail from Notre Dame, too. I would say right now Notre Dame, Duke, N.C. State, and North Carolina are recruiting me the hardest."

"Notre Dame likes that I'm a versatile playmaker," Lloyd said. "If you can make plays, that's huge with them. Notre Dame is recruiting me as a slot wide receiver. They use their slot guys to create mismatches all over the field and to create an extension of the run with sweeps and jet sweeps."

This spring, the 6-foot, 185-pound playmaker has visited North Carolina State and North Carolina. Lloyd has yet to visit Notre Dame, but he is planning a trip to see the Irish this summer.

"I will visit Notre Dame this summer, but I don't have a date set up yet," he said. "I'll also visit Florida this summer, since those are the two farthest schools I'm hearing from. I can get to the other schools pretty much any time. But, location won't be a factor for me. How I fit into an offensive system and what the players and coaches are like will matter to me."

Until Lloyd sees Notre Dame in person, he's relying on what he knows about the Irish to keep them in the race.

"They have a rich football tradition, and everything I read about them in the mail they send me and online seems like they have a great institution. Until I set my eyes on campus, that's all I have to go on right now," Lloyd said.

Last Saturday, Lloyd made the 20-minute car ride to Chapel Hill for a visit and to see North Carolina take on Duke in basketball. How did the day go?

"The Carolina visit was a little different," Lloyd said. "When we got to the stadium, they had red carpet rolled out for us, except it was blue. Then, we had a cornhole tournament. Avery Edwards and I won. We ate dinner and talked to the coaches and headed to the basketball game. It was a lot of fun."

One guy Lloyd said he connected with on his trip was fellow Notre Dame recruit, Elijah Hood.

"I sat next to Elijah on the bus on the way to the football stadium," Lloyd said. "He told me about his Notre Dame visit, and he said it went really well. He said he's like the No. 1 guy on their entire board right now."

Even with his proximity to Tobacco Road, Lloyd said he didn't really grow up a big fan of any of the local teams.

"I actually grew up an Ohio State fan," he said. "I don't have any connections, but that's the team I've always liked. Ohio State has offered, and Coach Meyer is a great coach."

With 13 offers, Lloyd says he's in no rush to make a decision.

"I don't have any favorites," Lloyd said. "I will probably narrow my list to seven or eight after this spring. The schools that are recruiting me for quarterback are Duke, Clemson, N.C. State, and Indiana. I'd like to get a chance at quarterback, but I'm open."

Lloyd threw for 1,448 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also ran for 1,215 yards and 19 touchdowns. Lloyd also had an interception on defense.

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