Like his Delaware Valley Charter High School teammate Markeese Walker, Tariq Lovelace is a small player with a large amount of skill. Standing at 5'6" and weighing in at 150 pounds, Lovelace is unlikely to intimidate opposing receivers from the secondary at first glance. However, the rising senior has natural talent in his speed and recovery ability.
DVCHS finished with an 8-3 record last season, helped by the performance of Lovelace in the secondary. He was not happy with his performance however, and is still looking to improve.
"As a player I would've liked to accomplish a lot more," he said. "But as a team I felt that we were a few pieces away from competing for a state championship."
While primarily a safety and a cornerback, Lovelace is looking to increase his production on offense for DVCHS.
"I honestly feel that I can contribute a bit more on the offensive side of the ball," he said. "And this year is my chance to prove that. I can play either safety or cornerback. I believe my strength at cornerback is my recovery speed and my ability to be physical with a receiver, and I would like to work on my technique."
Lovelace is currently not holding any offers, but is being recruited by various schools and expects it to pick up by the end of the season. When speaking on Maryland, he said he has no current concerns about the school, and likes the defensive scheme devised by coach Don Brown.
Markeese Walker and Ishmel Bernard are among other DVCHS players currently being recruited by the Terps, and Lovelace would appreciate the opportunity to play with his high school teammates at the next level.
"I am so excited just from the idea of us all playing for the same school," he said. "It's always great to have guys around whom you are familiar with and whom are familiar with you."
While Lovelace said he is someone who is "not big on stats", he said his best game of the season was one in which he had 7 tackles, 2 pass deflections, and 1 sack.
Lovelace Playing Well at DVCHS
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