Varsity Preps

DeVante Lovett, #18 in Arkansas 25 for 2015

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Big. Big is a word that describes Strong’s Devante Lovett so very well. Lovett is a mountain of a young man, and has a lot of potential in that big frame. Big is a word that just works in the game of football. If you’re big, there is a position for you. There is a position for Lovett. Although he currently plays offensive tackle and defensive end, there is a position for Lovett in college that could make his career, should he make that switch.

The large Lovett plays with a solid motor. Lovett does not stop until the whistle blows, and while the play is live, there is a mean streak in Lovett that football coaches will love. A player that plays angry, and can contain that anger, which is what Lovett appears he can do, they play really well. Lovett comes in weighing in at 279 pounds and standing at 6’5”. That is a great frame for an offensive lineman, but the way that Lovett plays, he needs to take a step inside and move to the guard position. That mean streak is almost a requirement for a good guard. The only question would be whether or not Lovett would have the footwork to be able to play the position. His 40 time, although mainly irrelevant for offensive lineman, is still pretty slow with a 5.25. Gauging from his 4.75 pro shuttle time, he should be able to keep up, but there will be situations where players across from him are going to be a step quicker. So improvements can be made, but they need to be made if Lovett truly wants to max out his potential. If he can develop the footwork, Lovett could evolve into a solid pulling guard. With the constant motor and mean streak, Lovett would be a “road-grater” on the line. Lovett will add some weight once he gets into a college weight room. Lovett has already done well in the weight room, recording a 530 pound squat. That lower body strength adds to the appeal of Lovett as a guard.

Lovett is a part of a Strong team, that has constantly succeeded and competed for championships year in and year out. Although Strong is a 2A school, schools like Strong and Junction City, home of multiple Arkansas 25 for 2015 players, are well known to many coaches and the schools’ respective players hardly ever go unnoticed.

The Verdict: Devante Lovett is a big bodied, high motor monstrosity waiting to happen. I’m curious if any coaches have approached Lovett yet about moving to guard. If they have and he is working toward that goal, the door is wide open from there. As far as a ceiling for Lovett, I could see him being a redshirt player for one of the local SEC schools that has offered (Arkansas or Ole Miss). A more realistic prediction would be a strong but middle tier squad like Arkansas State or Louisiana Monroe. None of these schools have offered, but the summer is there, like for all players to impress and gain offers. Lovett is no different in that regard.

Pros: Frame, Mean Streak, Motor

Cons: Foot Speed, Footwork, Changing Positions

Check out Devante’s Hudl Page: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1761261/devante-lovett

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