Texas DE has plenty of upside for D1 ball

Signing day for the Class of 2008 is right around the corner. And just like many college coaches are doing, as are we. Directing our focus on the top guys of the 2009 class. Today we take a look at Houston Stratford DE Terrance Lloyd who is easily one of the best in the state at his position.

With the 2008 class quickly coming to a close, college coaches across the country are traveling to see what the next class has to offer. And yes, the Class of 2009 is loaded. One of the top players in the Lone Star State is defensive end Terrance Lloyd.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Lloyd was actually spotted last spring and quickly pulled in his first Division I offer from Houston. As he continued to dominate during the course of the season, Texas A&M decided to extend him one as well.

Now with off-season starting soon, college coaches are coming to see what all of the talk is about.

"You know at this point I think the coaches are just now getting out and Connecticut came down recently and I think they are going to offer him," Houston Stratford coach Eliot Allen said. "By the time Spring is over with I believe he (Lloyd) is going to have a ton of offers because he has a lot of upside for a college football player. He has a great work ethic and is a great football player and coaches are going to see that."

When coach talks of the upside, he is mainly talking about his height/weight combination and how it is proportioned. 

And according to Allen, this is what many are coming by and looking for. 

"He's a long guy and I think that is what people are looking for," Allen said. "You know he is 6-4, but he's an extremely long-armed kid who is still going to grow some. He is strong and has great speed and those are things that are not typical."

Neither is his game-time mentality. Lloyd showed this past season how explosive he is off the ball and converges on the run in a hurry. He averaged 4-5 tackles this year, but those numbers picked up as the season went on.

Stay tuned to TexasPrepInsider as we begin highlighting 2009's top athletes over the next couple of months.

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