Troy lands three recruits

Published 3:00 am Thursday, December 18, 2014

It didn’t take long for new Trojan head football coach Neal Brown to make his way into homes and sell his new vision for Troy football.

Wednesday, the Trojans made some key defensive additions with the signing of three mid-year transfers to a National Letter of Intent in William Lloyd, Justin Lucas and Jalen Rountree.

“We are excited to welcome these three young men to the Troy family,” Brown said. “All three have a chance to be impact players for us next year, and they fill some immediate needs we have on our defense. They are all outstanding students and high character guys. It has been a hectic couple of weeks and I want to give a lot of credit to our coaching staff for the work they have done on the recruiting trail.”

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Troy landed a pair of linebackers in Lloyd and Lucas, both of whom just finished up their junior college careers at East Mississippi Community College on back-to-back national titles.

Lloyd, a Rosedale, Miss., native, graduated Dec. 12 and had been receiving interest from Indiana, Southern Mississippi and California, among others before committing to Troy.

He said playing time played a large factor in his decision to sign with Troy.

“I’m trying to get on the field as much as I possibly can,” Lloyd told’s Yancy Porter. “I need to produce on the field…I need to play as much I can to make plays.”

This past season, Lloyd recorded 72 tackles, five sacks and one interception.

Lucas, a 6-foot, 230-pound native of Aberdeen, Miss., led the Lions in 2014 with 85 tackles, while also recording five sacks, 15.5 tackles-for-loss and one forced fumble.

“William is a huge pickup for our program at mid-term and we beat several very good programs for his services,” Brown said. “He is long and can play both inside and outside the box and is athletic enough to play in coverage. Justin is a winner. He has won two national championships at East Mississippi Community College and is a great student. He is fundamentally sound and is a great leader on the field.”

And Rountree, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback out of Coffeyville Community College in Kansas and Warner Robins, Ga., native, will join Troy after posting 48 tackles, a sack, 1.5 tackles-for-loss, two fumble recoveries, one interception and eight pass breakups in 2014 for the Ravens.

“The staff found out about Jalen last week and quickly got involved with him after watching his film and learning he was from Warner Robins,” new defensive coordinator Vic Koenning said. “He went against the best receivers in the Jayhawk Conference and more than held his own. He possesses fundamental skills at a position of need for our team.”

All three players will enroll with Troy in the spring semester and will be eligible to compete immediately in for the 2015 season.