Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

New kids on the Duke football gridiron: Johnathan Lloyd

With every new season come new players. Most of the time, the new kids on the block are freshmen. For the 2014-2015 season, Duke signed a plethora of true freshmen.

Here’s the lowdown on Johnathan Lloyd.

Now Lloyd is a little different, since he enrolled for the Spring 2014 semester at Duke and joined the team for practices in December. He’s not as “freshman” as the rest of the freshmen in the class.

The Graham, N.C. native played quarterback in high school, but he’s sitting at “athlete” status, basically saying that Duke isn’t 100% sure what position or positions they’re going to be utilizing him. Different sources have said different things, ranging from what he knows best, quarterback, to running back to wide receiver.

Over his junior year, Lloyd had 2,663 yards of total offense and had 33 total touchdowns. According to ESPN’s traits, Lloyd is extremely versatile and has great playmaking abilities. For these reasons, Lloyd was recruited heavily during high school. He proved himself even more after he committed. During his senior year, he threw for 3,068 yards, 26 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 755 yards and had 11 rushing touchdowns.

He had offers from Appalachian State, Army, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Miami (FL), North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia. He committed to Duke June 3, 2013.

“We’re certainly excited to have Johnathan join our program,” said Duke head coach David Cutcliffe. “Johnathan has had an outstanding career as a leader and a player during his time at Southern Alamance.”

The 5-foot-11 175 pounder is the 13th best recruit coming out of the state of North Carolina. He’s a little on the slower side when it comes to playing in one of the offensive positions that utilize speed. His official 40-yard time is a 4.66. His 20-yard shuttle time was clocked at 4.28.

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