Over the weekend, Duke found its quarterback for the 2014 class.
Jonathan Lloyd, a three-star prospect from Graham (N.C.) Southern Almanace, committed to the Blue Devils Saturday afternoon. Listed as an athlete by many recruiting services, he is expected to play quarterback for Duke, joining head coach David Cutcliffe's long line of distinguished signal callers. He also continues Duke's transformation toward a zone-read offense, away from the traditional drop-back schemes that both Manning brothers ran to near perfection.
Lloyd's verbal commitment—it won't become official until he signs a letter of intent in Feb.—represents a big in-state win for the Blue Devils. Lloyd had offers from North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest, as well as out-of-state powers Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and Florida, among others*. He ranked as the 15th-best prospect from North Carolina by Rivals.
3:15 p.m. update: Check out this story on Lloyd from the Burlington Times-News's Conor O'Neill. Lloyd is planning on playing baseball at Duke, too.
Also noteworthy from the story: Lloyd say Peyton and Eli Manning work out on an unofficial visit in April. I believe that would be what is referred to as a "recruiting advantage."
Lloyd is commitment No. 10 for Duke's class of 2014, which is only expected to have 15 signees. For more on the other nine, click here.
*Offers in football are a tricky thing. There's a difference between a plain old "offer" and a "committable offer." According to Rivals, Lloyd holds offers from the above schools. At the very least, they are an indication that his talent and potential have drawn interest from big-time schools.