2015 Class: Malik Lovette

With dead period upon us, eDuck.com is taking a look at each member of Oregon's current recruiting class and spotlighting what they're bringing to Eugene. In this edition: wide receiver Malik Lovette

Malik Lovette

Wide receiver/running back

Redlands (Calif.) East Valley

5-foot-11, 190-pounds

Commitment Date — August 30, 2014

How he became a Duck — Lovette had built up strong relationships with Oregon wide receivers coach Matt Lubick and offensive coordinator Scott Frost prior to taking an official visit to Eugene for the Ducks first home game in August. By then, the Ducks were a heavy favorite and after seeing all that he needed to see on the trip, Lovette made the call and pledged to Oregon. He was also considering Texas A&M, USC and Washington.

Quote —"I’m sure everyone knows if I like it, I plan to commit and just go from there.” — Lovette before his visit to Oregon that resulted in a verbal commitment to the program.

What he brings to the table — A true dual-threat athlete, Lovette starred for the CIF Division II state champion Wildcats in his senior season. According to MaxPreps.com, the four-star prospect finished with 955 yards rushing and 990 yards receiving with 29 total touchdowns on the year. He saved a strong performance for the championship game against Concord Clayton Valley, where he caught nine passes and accounted for 184 total yards (154 receiving) and three total touchdowns in a 34-33 nail biter.

His abilities to get it done as a receiver and running back are what attracted the Ducks to him, but from the sounds of it they’re more interested in what he can do as a wide receiver, mainly at the slot position. However, because of those abilities, Lovette has stated that the coaches won’t hesitate to move him around given the situation.

On film, Lovette’s speed is a major key to his game, and combined with his quick feet that help him change direction on a dime, he can be downright elusive in the open field.

Lovette is a player that looks as comfortable running a deep route as he is executing a bubble screen out of the backfield. He almost casually slips by the secondary on deeper routes, leading to easy catches. On screen routes, something Oregon knows a thing or two about, that’s where his speed and elusiveness become factors in producing big yards.

With the amount of young talent Oregon has accumulated at the wide receiver position he is a perfect addition to the roster, and it isn’t difficult to imagine him slipping into a role similar to Byron Marshall and Charles Nelson. He was the top running back in the West region heading into the season according to Scout after all. Lovette certainly seems primed to be a playmaker at the next level at some point.

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