Lovette could decide soon

Redlands (Calif.) East Valley athlete Malik Lovette discusses his senior season, upcoming official visit to Oregon and possible decision plans.

Malik Lovette wants to have a big senior season and things are already progressing in the right direction in his eyes. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete is seeing the East Valley roster develop into a cohesive unit so far during fall camp.

“Slowly but surely things are coming together as a team,” he said. “So far, right now, everything is going pretty good.”

A versatile four-star who is the top running back in the West region, Lovette will be used as both a running back and wide receiver this season. With more chances to touch the ball, Lovette is eyeing an opportunity to eclipse his season yardage and touchdown totals from last season and hopefully lead the Wildcats to a state title.

“Like my coach says, he wants to be able to get me the ball as much as he can,” Lovette said. “He keeps giving me the opportunities, I just try to take advantage.”

While juggling recruiting and your final season can be tricky for some, Lovette may not have to wait long before recruiting becomes an afterthought. Next week, he’ll take his first official visit to Eugene to watch Oregon take on South Dakota in their home opener. If all goes well, he won’t hesitate to make the call while there.

“I’m just going to see how that goes,” Lovette said. “I’m sure everyone knows if I like it, I plan to commit and just go from there.”

Having already built up strong relationships with wide receivers coach Matt Lubick and offensive coordinator Scott Frost, Lovette is looking forward to spending more time with them on the trip and checking out what UO has to offer off the field.

“I’m just hoping to be able to see what they’re willing to offer faculty wise, major wise,” he said. “I want to see how the art program is and see the chemistry that I build with the coaches.”

Lovette said that the coaches want to utilize his skill set as a slot receiver, but could line him up on the outside or in the backfield depending on the situation if he ends up at Oregon.

Right now, he is holding off on making additional visit plans. Should he leave Eugene undecided, three additional programs could receive visits.

“I can consider Texas A&M, USC and Washington,” he said.

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