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Lloyd Chooses To Stay In-State, Picks Blue Devils

Monday, June 3, 2013 12:40pm

Duke got a huge commitment in football over the weekend from Johnathan Lloyd, a three-star prospect from Graham (N.C.) Southern Alamance.

“I love the direction Duke is going,” Lloyd told TheDevilsDen.com. “Their facilities are improving, and most of all the football program is on the up. Coming off a big bowl win they have a lot of momentum coming into the season and I’m excited to see how they compete.”

Lloyd, the No. 20 athlete prospect in the country according to Rivals.com, had no shortage of college offers to choose from. He held offers from schools such as Clemson, Florida, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia, plus several others.

While his athleticism and versatility could allow Lloyd to play multiple positions like quarterback and wide receiver, he has stated that his preference is to play quarterback in college.

Lloyd, who measures in at 5’11, 180-pounds, will get that opportunity to be a signal caller for the Blue Devils. In his junior year at Southern Alamance, he threw for 1,448 yards and 14 touchdowns. But he’s also got some wheels on him and will be a threat to run, too. He’s been timed at 4.48 in the 40-yard dash, and last year ran for 1,215 yards and 19 touchdowns.

His versatility does not end on the football field, however. Not only did Lloyd commit to the Duke football team, he will also come in as a centerfielder for the baseball team.

This commitment is a huge recruiting win for the Blue Devils over some elite football schools and tough in-state competition. He becomes Duke’s 10th commitment in the 2014 class.

Check below for some of Lloyd’s highlights.