OAKLAND, Calif. -- USC came up to Northern California and picked up three-star Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista tight end Erik Krommenhoek last recruiting cycle, and while the Trojans have yet to get in touch with 6-foot-4, 225-pound Jason Lloyd, the 2018 Belmont (Calif.) Carlmont tight end has long been a fan of the cardinal and gold.
"I've always been a fan of USC. My grandpa went to USC, trained me to be a USC fan," he said on Sunday, after the Kenion Training 7on7 Kickoff at Oakland (Calif.) Skyline.
This past season was Lloyd's first as a tight end, but one of Kenion Training's coaches -- Maurice Jones-Drew -- said that he's as good, if not better, than Krommenhoek. Lloyd played left guard as a sophomore, paradoxically at a lighter 210 pounds, because he had a senior in front of him at tight end, and the Scots needed linemen.
Through his whole career, though, he's doubled as a linebacker (starting in the middle, and then moving to the outside last season as a stand-up rush-end), and along with his 310 receiving yards and two touchdowns on a team-high 21 catches, he also tallied 78 tackles and seven sacks in 2016. He's not used much by Carlmont, which ran the ball 384 times last season for 2,473 yards, but when he does get into the passing game, he's a big asset.
Watching him in person, and then going to the tape, he is a long-strider who's best suited to the offensive side of the ball, a good blocker who bodies up well against defenders and can clear out the middle. Lloyd is tough and physical, hard to bring down. He fights through defenders well and has a wide catch radius with good ball skills, looking the ball in and high-pointing passes in traffic. He uses his experience as a lineman to his advantage when he's playing attached with his hand in the dirt, bullying linebackers and defensive ends when not going out for a pass.
He's sending out his tape to very school he can think of, starting locally with UC Davis. Lloyd has a 3.1 GPA.
"I've been to camps at Fresno State, Nevada-Reno and the University of Arizona, and I'm planning to do more camps and combines this spring," Lloyd said. "I'd like to go to a USC camp, if possible. I'd like to go to anything down south. Nearby, I'm going to UC Davis's junior day coming up in March, and whatever else I can find."