Ricky Lloyd visited Southern Miss in June to see if that program would be a good fit and after talking to coach Larry Fedora, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Blake Anderson and spending time with some players the Concord, Calif., quarterback had a good feeling about the place.
Lloyd, a 6-foot-2, 182-pound prospect, decided to commit Friday.
"I took a trip down there in June and I loved it down there," Lloyd said. "They were very nice to me, very welcoming and I really enjoyed myself. They showed me why I should really be down there. I bonded with the team down there and had the time of my life.
"I loved the coaching staff first of all. The coaching staff was very welcoming. I had a chance to hang out with some of the team members down there and I had the time of my life. I had a lot of fun down there.
"The only thing that kind of took me back was the weather. Being from northern California, the weather was kind of different but I can get adjusted to it."
The coaching staff played a big role for Lloyd, a three-star prospect who threw for 2,852 yards and 39 touchdowns in his junior season. Going to college that far away from home, Lloyd had to bond quickly with the coaches and he did that on his visit.
"I was able to sit down with coach Fedora while I was there and talk to him about what I wanted from a school and what he wanted from a quarterback and we got to bond," Lloyd said. "I've talked to a lot of great coaches but I bonded with him and coach Anderson most of all."
Quarterbacks traditionally commit early so they can have things settled into their senior seasons. Lloyd said he wanted to get it over with as well so he can focus on his team and not be overly concerned on which programs were getting involved.
Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, Sacramento State, San Jose State and Tulsa had also offered but Lloyd found what he wanted most at Southern Miss.
"It relieves a lot of stress," Lloyd said. "It lets me get more into my senior season and I can bond with my receivers and get the team going. I can focus on my senior year instead of worrying about what college I need to go to. It was easier to get it out of the way quicker."