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JOHN N. BARRY
January 31, 2008
— For the second time in four years, Harold Lloyd is about to make a life-changing decision.

The Janesville Parker High School senior hopes his current dilemma turns out as well as the first one.


The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Lloyd will decide by Wednesday—National Football Signing Day—where he wants to play college football. The two-way Associated Press first-team all-state selection has narrowed his choices to Southern Illinois in Carbondale, Ill., a former NCAA Division II member now competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision; Wayne State, a Division II school in Detroit; and Truman State, a Division II school located in Kirksville, Mo.


“I know wherever I go, I’m going to have to prove myself once again,” Lloyd said. “That’s what drives me and keeps me going.


“I just want to play football. All three schools have a lot to offer, so it may come down to going wherever I felt like I’m wanted the most.”


Lloyd grew up in a house on Highway 213 between Orfordville and Beloit. The home was closer to the Parkview School District, and that’s where he was expected to attend high school.


Wanting a chance to play football for a more high-profile program and attend a school that academically offered an honors program, Lloyd transferred to Parker before his freshman year. The decision paid off.


Lloyd ranks in the top 10 percent of his class academically. Meanwhile, he has excelled in three sports.


In football, Lloyd started for three years in the offensive and defensive lines. He was the back-to-back Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Big Eight Conference and helped lead the Vikings to an undisputed conference championship in 2006.


Lloyd carried his football success to the wrestling mat. He qualified for the WIAA state meet a year ago at 285 pounds, and is 20-1 this season. Lloyd will attempt to win his second straight conference title Friday night.


In the spring, Lloyd is a thrower on the Viking track and field team. He finished fourth in the shot put and seventh in the discus in last year’s sectional meet.


Lloyd says the big-school competition helped his development.


“It wasn’t a knock or anything if I would’ve gone to Parkview,” Lloyd said. “I just thought coming here (Parker) would be a better fit. Leaving my friends was tough, but I think transferring turned out to be a great idea.


“My coaches here, especially coach (Joe) Dye, have instilled qualities in me that I’ll have for the rest of my life.”


Nothing was more responsible for Lloyd’s success on the athletic field than his legendary workout routine. Whether it was riding his bike to and from school—a 17-minute trip by car—or his devotion to the weight room, Lloyd went from a 195-pound freshman to a 265-pound man-child as a senior.


In July, the Parker football team underwent SPARQ (Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction, Quickness) test. Lloyd had the team’s highest score, registering above-average scores in the vertical jump, 40-yard dash and shuttle tests.


Lloyd then bench pressed 185 pounds a remarkable 39 times.


Lloyd, the son of John and Kim, said those who doubted his ability to excel in football pushed him.


“When I came here, I really thought I was undersized,” Lloyd said. “All my friends said that I was too small or too slow to play for Parker. I worked out as much as I could do get stronger and stay in shape, but also to prove people wrong.”


With his college choice looming, Lloyd begins the next journey of illustrious football career.


Dye knows that wherever Lloyd lands, he’s going to be an instant asset to the football program and the college.


“Not only are you going to get a great football player, you’re going to get a great person,” Dye said of Lloyd. “He’s going to make those around him better because they’re going to see how hard he works and his ultimate commitment to what he’s involved in.


“Harold will be missed at Parker. Kids like that don’t come around too often.”



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