|Offers:||Texas Tech, Toledo, UCF, UNLV|
|JUCO:||College of San Mateo|
|Commitment Date:||May 17, 2020|
Texas Tech has made a late addition to their 2020 class in College of San Mateo JUCO tight end Jason Lloyd.
The next chapter…. 📖🔴⚫️👆🏼 pic.twitter.com/6CVtjfjJRW
— Jason Lloyd (@Jason_Lloyd13) May 17, 2020
This is all good news. Considering that Texas Tech was down to one viable tight end, Travis Koontz, with the suspension of Simon Gonzalez, and John Holcomb being too you, the staff really needed to go out and find a tight end that could log some snaps behind Koontz.
RedRaiderSports’ Ben Golan spoke with Lloyd before his commitment, and well, the coaches told him the same thing that I was telling you, which is that they need a #2 tight end:
“So they mentioned that they have one returning senior and they have a lot of redshirt freshman and incoming guys but they really need a guy that has experience playing tight end this fall. Their offense goes at such a fast tempo that if I was the No. 1 tight end I’d be playing 55% of the game, and if I was the No. 2 I’d be playing about 45% of the snaps every game. It’s not because someone is better than the other but it’s because they’re so fast tempo that they need the bodies at the tight end position.
I’d come in competing. I believe I’d come in at the No. 2 spot to start out and I’d be fighting for that No. 1 or put in a position to fight for that spot. But either way I’d get there and compete.”
The article notes that Lloyd was just a freshman this past year, catching 13 for 200 yards and a touchdown. But some freshmen at JUCO are qualified to transfer immediately and that was Lloyd.
Lloyd’s video is good. Nice athleticism, nice hands, nice speed. Nice blocking. I don’t think any of those traits jump off the screen, but he’s more than capable as a tight end. I think that maybe his blocking needs the most work, but that’s an experience thing. I like that how San Mateo would spread him out a bit, lining up in the slot, and that’s good. I also appreciated the contested catches and the ability to make catches in traffic. Those are all good traits.
I’m excited about this. This was a point of weakness and the coaching staff went out and found a good tight end that could maybe develop even more. This is a good thing and gets this team that much closer to being ready when the season rolls around.