Marlton (N.J.) Cherokee High running back John Lovett was high on Rutgers before he returned to campus Saturday. He left Piscataway, N.J., feeling good about the program and its direction under head coach Chris Ash.
“It’s one of the best schools I’ve went to so far,” said Lovett, who holds three verbal scholarship offers. “The staff loved me and the whole program was nice. I watched the players work out for a recovery workout and it was pretty good. Everything they do means something.”
Lovett spent the majority of the day with running backs coach Zak Kuhr.
“I went to coach Kuhr’s office and we watched some film on me and some other players,” Lovett said. “…I think coach Kuhr is the greatest guy ever. He cares about me so much. He talked to me and asks me how I’m doing and stuff. When I got there, all of the attention was on me.”
Kuhr and Lovett discussed opportunities at Rutgers and how his running style fits offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer’s vision.
“He likes that I’m a physical runner and that I play fast,” Lovett said. “He likes that I’m a tall running back but I stay low when I run and I can stop on a dime. I think I fit perfect with their offense. What they do on offense is what my high school is doing right now so I’m used to it.”
Lovett spoke with the staff Sunday evening, and hopes to host coaches during the spring evaluation period.
“That’s the college I really want to go to by staying home and representing my state,” Lovett said on Ash. “I know everybody wants to win but everybody wins different. Coach Ash wants to go out and dominate every team. He wants to restore Rutgers to a power school, and I believe he can do that.”
Maryland surprised Lovett last week with a verbal scholarship offer that he described as “exciting and unexpected.” The South Jersey standout also has offers from Old Dominion and Monmouth with plans to visit Boston College, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh.
Lovett wants to make a decision by the end of the school year and said loyalty and coaching relationships are primary factors.