Jon Lovett (Cherokee/Marlton, N.J.) visited Maryland for the first time Feb. 27, and a month later he was back in College Park, Md., for his second look at UMD. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound running back, who has offers from Rutgers, Temple and Maryland, has the Terps high on his radar following his latest stay, March 26.
“We got to see the team scrimmage and it was a lot of fun,” said Lovett, who added a UMD offer Feb. 28. “I was there before, but this was my first time going on the field at the stadium, seeing the team in person and talking to a lot of coaches. It was great. I love Maryland, and I like what’s going on there.”
In particular, Lovett said he spoke to linebackers coach Matt Barnes. The Cherokee product has been in contact with Barnes for more than a month now, but they hadn’t met before March 26.
“We’re real tight,” Lovett said. “Coach Barnes is a great guy, he’s real honest and he’s down to earth. We have a great relationship, and he’s just telling me how much he wants me there.
“I also talked to Coach [Marcus] Berry; I’ve know him since he was at Rutgers. He’s real straight, just like the whole staff. He’s a great guy and doesn’t sugarcoat anything. The whole staff is that way. They’re great.”
As for the scrimmage, Lovett couldn’t say enough about the Terps’ offense. He loved offensive coordinator Walt Bell’s up-tempo spread and how he employed his backs.
“The whole package was great, but I just loved how intense and fast-paced the scrimmage was,” Lovett said. “For sure, I loved how the running backs were used. I feel like I’d fit right in there. We run power here [at Cherokee], but I can adapt to any system. I could definitely do big things at Maryland.”
After the practice, Lovett and Co. toured College Park. He said the highlight of said trek was seeing the new player dorm renovations.
“Honestly, the football players live in houses,” laughed Lovett. “They’re great. It’s mind-blowing how nice they are. Then the new facility upgrades, they’re state of the art. They’re going to be amazing. I can’t wait to see them in person.”
Lovett’s assessment after two trips and maybe a third to come this summer?
“Maryland’s sweet,” he said. “I love it there. They’re one of my tops right now.”
But not the only top. Hometown Rutgers is trending after headman Chris Ash anted up. Plus, Lovett is hoping for a Boston College scholarship later this spring. The Eagles should be offering once he visits in April.
“I mean, Rutgers is standing out some, and I like Maryland and I like BC, but I just want to see what’s out there later on this spring,” said Lovett, who is returning to RU in April. “There’s no leaders right now. It’s a lot of schools I’m thinking about, I’m just seeing which ones offer.”
Lovett said he’d like to end his recruitment late spring/early summer. However, he’s inclined to wait if he doesn’t feel ready to commit.
“I’m taking everything in right now,” Lovett said. “I have a lot to think about. I’ll extend [my decision date] if I have to. But we’ll see.”