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Olive Branch standout holds Bulldog offer among three other options.

The Conquistadors of Olive Branch High School are routinely prospects of interest for college football coaches. OBHS is home to one of Mississippi's top defensive line prospects for the 2018 signing class, Fabien Lovett. The 6-5, 275 pounder attended Mississippi State's Junior Day event on Saturday.

"Junior day was fun. I had a good time," Fabien Lovett said. "I got a chance to take the tour and see all of the facilities and get to see the campus. I liked everything I saw. I didn't see anything wrong with anything at Mississippi State."

Lovett was able to spend some time with a pair of Bulldog assistant coaches who will be in charge of State's pursuit of the talented defensive tackle.

"My area recruiter is Billy Gonzales. He seems like a real nice guy. He's kind of loud," Lovett said with a laugh. "I got to meet Coach Brian Baker after we had the positional meetings. I really liked him. He seems like he really wants to see you succeed in life and not just football. He talked a lot about getting your education and things like that"

Lovett currently holds offers from Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss. While Lovett is in no hurry to decide, the talented big man reports that the Bulldogs took a positive step forward with him on Saturday.

"I kind of like Mississippi State right now," Lovett said. "I like how they want to see you succeed in life no matter what. They want to see all of their players graduate and get their degrees. I liked hearing about that. 

"They want you to come and work hard and be the best player that you can be, but they want to see you succeed in life even after football is over."

The trip to Starkville was the first junior day event Lovett has attended so far, but the talented big man plans to attend many others and show his face at several summer camps once the school year is over.

"I am going to Ole Miss for their Junior Day on February 25th," Lovett said. "I am trying to get to as many schools as I can. I want to go to a lot of camps this summer, so I can see how the coaches are and just find the place where I feel at home."

As a junior, Lovett had a hand in 86 tackles, had nine quarterback hurries and one sack. The rising star had an eye popping 21 tackles for loss during the 2016 season. In a year where defensive line prospects are expected to make the Magnolia State headlines, Lovett is expected to be one of the more coveted of the trench warriors in the state come signing day.

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