NLN: QB Lovett Has Visits Planned

FREDERICK, Md. -- DeMatha High (Hyattsville, Md.) quarterback John Lovett has one offer and plenty of suitors, and before having a splendid day at the Next Level Nation Five-star combine, he spoke to FOXSportsNEXT about his recruitment.

Spring will be big for the visibility of John Lovett's recruitment, and the DeMatha High (Hyattsville, Md.) quarterback got off to a strong start at the Next Level Nation Five-star combine over the weekend.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Lovett showed good arm strength and accuracy, and well as nice footwork and the ability to make quick decisions during the 5-on-5 portion of the event.

He holds an offer from Buffalo, is getting looks from many of the Ivy League schools, and he will make junior day stops at Penn State, Wake Forest and Temple. He is also talking with Connecticut and Purdue.

"I'm hearing a lot from Penn State. I'm going to Penn State's junior day (April 15)," Lovett said. "I'm hearing a lot from UConn. They're coming to see me throw in the spring."

Lovett's main recruiter at Penn State is assistant Larry Johnson, and the two communicate regularly. Lovett also has spoken with coach Bill O'Brien, and loved the vibe he received.

"Coach O'Brien is a great coach, and he coached Tom Brady," Lovett said. "I like that he's close to his family. He's a great coach and someone I would want to play for."

Lovett will likely have to earn the offer at Penn State's camp, and he is willing to do that. But the Nittany Lions, as well as a number of other programs, are expected to see Lovett throw at DeMatha this spring.

Meanwhile, Lovett is in the process of planning his schedule, and his next visit is set for March 23 to Wake Forest. Temple is also on Lovett's agenda, but he has not settled on a visit date.

"A lot of schools have been calling me and asking me to go to camp," Lovett said. "I'm going to sit down with coach (Elijah) Brooks next week and figure out all my camp dates and all my junior days. I have a lot of schools that invited me."

Purdue began speaking with Lovett recently, and he is interested in checking out the program.

"It's got great tradition with (quarterbacks) Drew Brees, Kyle Orton,' Lovett said. "It's definitely a school I would love to go to. It's the Big Ten, has a great quarterback tradition, good academics. I've been in contact with their coaches."

Lovett, who is originally from Long Island, received his first offer from Buffalo.

"They wanted to see me on film," Lovett said. "They didn't even need to see me in person. They just offered me after seeing me on film."

Dartmouth, Brown and Harvard are among the Ivy League schools showing interest.


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