December 17, 2012
Dual Threat QB Eyes ECU
Johnathan Lloyd, quarterback for Southern Alamance High School in Graham, North Carolina, has 11 offers from top schools and has been tapped an "Athlete" because he can also play wide receiver and cornerback.
The list includes East Carolina University, Clemson, Duke, Florida, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. He added that he is getting a lot of mail from Oklahoma State and Alabama and interest from Georgia Tech, Mississippi, and Missouri.
The 2012 football season turned out to be quite good for Lloyd. He threw for 1,448 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 1,250 yards and 19 touchdowns. He has been selected First Team All-Conference for two years, Second Team All Region, and was an All American nominee.
PirateIllustrated asked Lloyd to describe his talents as a quarterback.
"I'm a dual threat. I have a strong arm and I made a big progression through this past season. We do the read option a lot and I can read that pretty well. I run pretty well, too."
We asked him if there was anything he needs to improve on. "I want to improve on my footwork, accuracy, arm strength... everything. I'm working with my coaches and my dad, who is a coach and has played in college."
Lloyd has been attending college camps for a couple of years. "I've gone to Ohio State and North Carolina when I was in eighth grade. Last summer I went up to Ohio State and met with the new staff and worked out at the camp for a couple of hours," he said.
When Lloyd went to the Ohio State camp last summer, he participated as a receiver. "I learned a lot of receiving techniques at the camp including getting off the line, running a route different ways, creating space between me and the defensive back."
He also competed in the Rivals/VTO Combine in North Carolina. Mike Farrell, football analyst for Rivals.com, saw him perform there and wrote, "Lloyd wants to play quarterback in college but it's unclear where he'll end up - he can play wide receiver and cornerback as well. At the event he played both offense and defense. As a wide receiver, his route-running was impressive and he didn't simplify all his routes, often choosing to run outs instead of the popular fly patterns and posts of everyone else. On defense he's physical,
has fluid hips and can turn and run. He's simply a terrific athlete who can do so many things. it's easy to see why some of the BCS powers have already offered him as a sophomore."
He has visited South Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke, Wake Forest, and Ohio State. He plans to go to Florida in January after the Under Armour All American Combine. He also will be going to ECU. "They are pretty close, so I expect to do that soon," he added.
Lloyd also plays baseball and basketball for Southern Alamance. In fact, some colleges want him to play baseball. "There are some schools in contact. I went to a showcase for colleges at the USA Complex this past summer. I did pretty well." If he receives an offer to play baseball, he will consider it. He plays centerfield. Last year he batted .385. "There have been a lot of guys who have been drafted to play baseball from my school. I have cousins and an uncle who played pro baseball. So I have a lot of contacts and know a lot of scouts from Major League Baseball teams. So it is another option." He added that a teammate on his school's baseball team has signed to play baseball for East Carolina.
He concluded that he will wait to make a decision until he has visited schools that have offered.
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