"He has absolutely loved his time serving the people of Chile and has had many incredible experiences," Casey Lloyd said. "He has stayed in somewhat good shape and is 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. I am sure it will take a little time to get back in the groove, but he has expressed many times that he is excited to get back and compete."
Although Dallas' focus has been on his mission work for the Church of Latter-day Saints, his parents have maintained contact with Stanford's coaching staff throughout Dallas' mission. The departure of former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, who would have worked closely with Dallas at Stanford, hasn't changed one thing: Casey said the family is excited about the program's future with David Shaw.
"Dallas has been focused on what he is doing in Chile," Casey said. "But as parents, we have been in contact with the staff over the past 18 months. Coach Anderson and Shaw have been wonderful. Although Coach Harbaugh did a great job with Dallas, we felt Coach Shaw and staff would also lead the program to a national-championship level. We love Stanford football and Dallas will arrive in Palo Alto in June ready to go."
That's not to say Dallas lacked other options. According to Casey, Dallas had multiple suitors, both during his initial high school recruitment and more recently.
"What many don't know is Dallas was offered by close to double the programs that are listed," Casey said. "Many coaching staffs evaluated and watched him live in spring workouts and offered directly after. Dallas was always extremely cordial and thanked them for coming to watch him and offering him a scholarship to play for them. He met a lot of amazing staffs that are very good people and recruiters….Some of those programs have also resurfaced, as have the known programs that originally offered. Many are very intriguing. But Dallas believes in loyalty and he has never wavered from his commitment to the staff and Stanford. He is excited beyond belief to try and help the team in any way possible."
Dallas is scheduled to return from his mission in early April, but the family already has plans as to how Dallas is going to get back into football shape. Former and future teammate Brandon Fanaika is part of this strategy. So too is Jake Lloyd, who is following in his older brother's footsteps as a star quarterback at Timpview High School. (Jake threw 27 touchdowns and led Timpview to a 10-3 record as a junior.)
"[Dallas] will spend a couple months working out with a trainer and throwing routes," Casey said. "He has receiver friends at both BYU and Utah. He will also work out with his little brother who will be a senior quarterback at Timpview High School. I am sure it will take a little time to get back in the swing of things. But he is a very hard worker and is excited to say the least. I imagine Dallas and Brandon Fanaika will lift some together also as they are very close."
And soon, Lloyd will make his way back to Palo Alto, where he will meet his new teammates and be reunited with the coaches and class of 2010 recruits he got to know during his recruitment.
"Dallas deferred his enrollment to Stanford as he has already been admitted," Casey said. "We will get everything in line for summer school soon, and report in June.
"Although he counts against the 2012 class, he was close with some of the 2010 class before he left. Just goes to show you the character and what great kids were in the 2010 Stanford class. Dallas had a lot in common with them and they all bonded instantaneously. I know Dallas is excited to get to campus and see them and the coaches again."
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