Three-star DT Fabien Lovett said Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Memphis are currently recruiting him the hardest

Fabien Lovett isn’t ready to name favorites.

But the 6-foot-4, 282-pound defensive tackle is currently favoring three schools.

Lovett, a three-star prospect, visited Ole Miss over the weekend for the first of the Rebels’ summer camps. The Olive Branch, Miss., product said Ole Miss — along with Mississippi State and Memphis — is, so far, showing him the most attention of all the programs recruiting him. 

Lovett holds offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Memphis, Purdue, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Tulane and Central Florida.

“I get it at Mississippi State and Memphis,” he said of the welcoming feeling that he also gets at Ole Miss. “But I feel it more here. The way they’re a family and the fun they have. They’re all together on one page.”

Lovett said Ole Miss is recruiting him the hardest. Lovett is ranked the No. 65 in the country by Scout.com and the No. 3 prospect overall in Mississippi.

“They just keep in contact and they build a good relationship,” Lovett said. “They try to get me down here as much as they can. They just encourage me to be 100 percent in everything and push and be the best player you can be.”

Ole Miss defensive line coach Freddie Roach is the primary recruiter for Lovett. Roach was hired by head coach Hugh Freeze in February to replace Tray Scott. Scott was brought in from North Carolina in December. However, Scott left for Georgia in January. 

Roach was the director of player development at Alabama the past two seasons. Roach previously coached outside linebackers and defensive ends at South Alabama, as well as worked as the defensive line coach at East Mississippi Community College in 2011.

“He’s a good coach, and I feel like I can learn a lot from him,” Lovett said. “He enforces the little things a lot. (Our relationship) has grown tremendously. We talk all day and text all the time about anything — basketball, the (NBA) Finals, everything.”

Fabien Lovett (Photo by Gabe Brooks)

Academics will play a significant role in Lovett’s recruitment. He has thoughts of majoring in engineering in college, and he said he’s looking for the school that offers the best opportunity for success in his course of study.

Though there was thought of Lovett potentially being an early graduate and finishing high school in December. Lovett said he’s going to “finish all the way,” meaning he’ll graduate in May of next year. He’ll attend Big Cat camp at Memphis June 11. He's also scheduled a trip to Alabama for July.

“Me and my dad, we talk about it,” Lovett said of academics. “Memphis, it’s close to home, and they push me to get my academics. They want me to gradate more than they just to go to the NFL and play football.

“Mississippi State, their academics stick out more. They’re going to test you before you go to school.”

Lovett hasn’t settled on a timetable for his decision. Olive Branch was 0-12 last season, but Lovett was a bright spot. Lovett totaled 166 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, 18 quarterback hurries and seven fumbles over his sophomore and junior seasons. He ran a verified 5.1 40-yard dash at the Nike Regional in April.

“I’m thinking about (committing) before the season,” he said. “Or probably doing it after.”


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