Clemson and USC both are looking for that special running back in the 2020 class and one each is pursuing is Marshawn Lloyd (5-10 210) of Dematha Catholic in Hyattsville, MD. Lloyd visited Clemson the last weekend in January and USC the following weekend and came away with a positive feeling for each.
At Clemson, Lloyd spent time with running backs coach Tony Elliott. He will lose Travis Etienne and Tavien Feaster after this season and may get only one more season out of Lyn-J Dixon. He made the playing opportunity point clear to Lloyd.
“The coach told me he puts the best man on the field, the best man plays at all times, and I like to hear that,” Lloyd said. “I feel like Clemson was a great place for me. They call it the best and their technology there is amazing and really opened my eyes a lot.”
And considering Clemson’s status as the reigning national champion, Lloyd said getting an offer from the Tigers means more.
“Especially coming from a national championship, it’s very big to me,” he said. “An offer from a school like that that just came from a big time win, it’s big for me and it’s big for the school.”
Lloyd also spent quality time in Columbia getting to know Will Muschamp’s program better and meeting up with new running backs coach Thomas Brown.
“South Carolina was nice,” he said. “The coach is actually close friends with my running backs coach. I got to know him when he was at Miami. I know South Carolina is not too big on hype I don’t think. They’re telling me that basically the best man comes and they were telling me they would put me in the best position as possible.”
Lloyd also has been to Georgia and Penn State, two more tradition laden programs. So, how much will Lloyd’s decision be influenced by the high level success of a program?
“To me it doesn’t matter,” Lloyd said “I don’t care if they have the best tradition or they have the worst. I just want to go somewhere and make an impact wherever I go. Tradition doesn’t matter to me”
He plans to take more visits with Texas, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Ohio State on his agenda. And he’s planning a return visit to Clemson and USC, possibly for one of their spring games.
Lloyd said he won’t make a decision until late in the process and he will not sign early.