Lovelace favors two

New Jersey quarterback is enjoying a strong senior campaign

Jabulani Lovelace is leading his Tenafly (N.J.) High School football team to the playoffs for the first time since 1998. He is hopeful that Tenafly (6-2) can travel far this postseason, after the playoffs begin in about two weeks time.

"It feels great," said Lovelace, who will be able to play in the postseason for the first time in his three years as a starting quarterback and free safety. "We can go real far."

Tenafly has not won a playoff game since the 1970s, Lovelace said, but for the secret to the team's positive outlook, look no further than the 6-foot-1, 190-pound dynamo.

Lovelace has drawn attention from a number of major conference Division I programs, with scholarship offers from Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and Rutgers. He is also receiving a lot of attention from Connecticut and reciprocating that interest. However, two schools are ahead of the pack, neck-and-neck for his services.

"Right now it's between Vanderbilt and Syracuse," he said. "They found me first and because when I went down there I felt comfortable around the people and the coaches. It was a nice environment in both places."

Lovelace has not scheduled any official visits but he hopes to use the first two weekends in December to visit Syracuse and Vanderbilt officially. Will he take any other official trips?

"I think so. I might," Lovelace said, adding that he was not sure what other schools might receive visits.

The Orangemen, Commodores and Scarlet Knights have all offered Lovelace a scholarship as a quarterback, while he said he thinks Wisconsin wants him as an athlete. Lovelace wants to play quarterback in college.

"Well, the guy that's recruiting me, Coach [Brian] White, he wants me as a quarterback but I don't really know what's going on," Lovelace said, referring to Wisconsin's offensive coordinator. "But most of the people that recruited me, they also saw me as a free safety. They may want me as a quarterback but…you know how it works."

Lovelace has had a strong year at quarterback: "I've thrown for 1,300 yards passing. I think I have 17 or 18 passing TDs. I rushed for another nine. I have another 800 yards on the ground. It's been a pretty good year," he said.

"I think [Wisconsin] probably just recruit me as an athlete type," Lovelace said. "I don't really know. I hope like after this year I put up big enough numbers to get their attention as a quarterback but I don't know."

Vanderbilt and Syracuse appear to be the teams to beat regardless.


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