Fabien Lovett has better than expected trip to Ole Miss

Fabien Lovett out of Olive Branch, Miss., brought his father with him to Oxford last weekend for the Ole Miss Junior Day.

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Interesting enough this was both their first time to step foot on the Ole Miss campus. Neither knew what to expect but left with a good taste in their mouth.

"That's the first time I have been down there," Lovett said. "It was actually better than I was expecting it to be. They sat my father and I down and went in depth about their program. I've never had that much one-on-one time with a coaching staff like I had at Ole Miss. Coach Freeze introduced me to their new defensive line coach (Freddie Roach). He's a really down to earth guy. We all just got to know one another since it was our first time to talk face-to-face. I've been talking to Ole Miss a lot since they offered me about a month ago. It was nice to finally get to meet everyone in person."


The information that was discussed was more about their program off the football field than on.

"We just talked about their academics and life after football. They want to prepare you to become a man by staying out of troubl, e and staying on your books, so you can have a successful life after football. My father and I are going to come back after spring break to watch them practice. I want to find out how their coaches interact with their players during a practice. I'm really looking at two things when I'm going on my visits. I want to know how the coaches treat their players, and mainly, I want to see how they prepare you for life after football because football is only a small part of your life. Football ends in your 20's or 30's and then you have the rest of your life to live."

Coach Hugh Freeze emphasized that he thought Ole Miss was the best fit for the 6-foot-5, 277-pound defensive lineman.

"He basically told me that Ole Miss is the best fit for me. Coach (Freeze) told me that we share a lot of the same beliefs, and I'm a perfect fit for his program. He wants me to come down there more so I can see how the coaches interact with the players and just get to know everyone better."

Mississippi State has also offered. A visit was taken there as well.

"It went really good. I liked it down there. There were a lot of recruits down there so I didn't get to spend a lot of time with their staff, but coach (Peter) Sermon did spend some time with me. He's cool and down to earth. He wants me to come back to see how they coach and prepare me for life after football. I'll probably be going back down there in the next couple of weeks as well."

Memphis was actually his first offer.

"I really like Memphis. It's close to home. They started recruiting me hard my 10th grade season. They were the first school to notice me. You never forget that."

On the field Lovett has seen his game progress from the time he stepped in as the starting defensive tackle for Olive Branch as a sophomore.

"I think I've just gotten a lot bigger and stronger. I've improved every aspect of my game, but there is a lot of room for improvement I can still make. This year I want to progress in my pass rush, but don't lose focus on the running game. If you can't stop the run you can't win the game."


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

 


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