Lovette Hauls in Third Offer in a Week
2015 receiver Malik Lovette isn't just on Cloud Nine. He's living there. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound inside receiver out of Redlands (Calif.) East Valley has pulled in three offers in the past week, the most recent being one from the California Golden Bears.
"It was great, it was great," Lovette said. "He asked things about myself, and he was telling me the history of the academics and how nationally-ranked they are, and it sounded pretty interesting."
Though Lovette hasn't really watched Cal since the days of Jahvid Best, he does know that the Bears are the No. 8 passing offense in the nation.
"Just to know that they throw a lot kind of catches my interest and catches my eye, that I could possibly go up there and get the ball a lot," Lovette said. "I can't even speak right now. It's amazing just to know that I got an offer from them. I really don't know what to say."
The offer came on the heels of offers from Texas Tech and Boise State.
"It's surreal," Lovette said. "It's a dream come true. I'm living on Cloud Nine. It's crazy."
What's crazy is the fact that Lovette didn't start playing receiver until this year. He has as much experience at running back, as anywhere else, leading to an interesting query by the Cal staff in the midst of offering Lovette.
"They were just telling me that I'm able to handle things when the ball's in my hand, make things happen, and they asked me if I'd rather play running back or slot, and I said, to be honest, I'll play any position," Lovette said. "I could probably feel more comfortable playing running back, because that's where I've played my whole life. I didn't get switched to the receiving corps until I came up to the varsity level my sophomore year."
This season, Lovette has taken like a duck to water to his new inside receiver position in East Valley's pistol-based offense, catching 38 balls for 564 yards (14.84 ypc) with seven receiving touchdowns.
"After just one year, I caught on fast, with the great coaches that I have at my high school right now," Lovette said. "They helped me a lot, and I was able to catch on to their technique, and it's shown on Friday nights."
Lovette also runs track, participating in the 4x100, the 100, the long jump and the triple jump. He only started jumping last spring, but his personal best in the 100m is between an 11.1 and a 10.9.
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