Trevor Lloyd is typical of many students at First Academy of Leesburg.
He’s respectful, particularly towards adults, always looking others in the eyes when speaking to them and is quick to offer a greeting and a firm handshake.
One thing, however, sets Lloyd apart from all other students who have attended the small Leesburg private school — he is the first student-athlete in school history to sign a National Letter of Intent to play football at the next level.
Lloyd inked a deal on April 22 to attend Methodist University, a private school in Fayetteville, N.C., where he is expected to be a receiver for the Division III institution. He hopes to help the Monarchs improve on their 8-2 overall record in 2013, which included 6-1 mark in USA South Athletic Conference.
“This is a great feeling for me,” Lloyd said after a signing ceremony in the library at First Academy of Leesburg.
Lloyd, like many players at First Academy of Leesburg, played multiple positions for the Eagles. On offense, he was primarily a receiver, while on the other side of the ball, he was a defensive back and a linebacker.
He played an integral role in leading First Academy to the Sunshine State Athletic Conference championship in 2013. Lloyd averaged 21.5 yards per catch, with three of his 13 grabs going for touchdowns.
Defensively, he had three interceptions and defended 17 passes. He returned one interception for a score.
Lloyd said he had “three or four” schools on his short list, but made his decision after his official visit to Methodist. He liked the philosophy of Monarchs coach C.J. Goss and the campus.
“It was an easy decision after seeing the school,” Lloyd said. “I could see myself going there for four years. I was comfortable the whole time I was there and then when I talked to (Goss), everything seemed to fit what I wanted in a college.”
Lloyd took time during his signing ceremony to thank his teammates and his family for his success. His parents, Leroy and Vernetta, sat beside him as he signed his National Letter of Intent.
“My parents kept me level-headed through the entire process,” Lloyd said. “And my teammates, especially quarterbacks David (Elliott) and Byron (Masoline) made the difference for me. I don’t think I’m signing today without the support of my teammates.”
Lloyd also credited the atmosphere at First Academy of Leesburg for his success. A transfer from Leesburg High School prior to his senior year, Lloyd said First Academy’s stiffer academic requirements and the unique athletic demands at the school made him a better person and player.