The Florida Gators are a realistic option for Lovett following his visit

The Florida Gators hosted three official visitors this weekend including two defensive linemen, one of which that was once committed to Mullen

Defensive lineman Fabien Lovett (6-4, 323, Olive Branch, MS. High) was once committed to Dan Mullen and Mississippi State and he made his first trip to Gainesville this weekend.

“It was great, it was a lot of stuff that I have never seen that I seen down here,” Lovett said on his official visit to Florida. “It was fun, I enjoyed the environment.”

Lovett got to see a lot of what of the Gators have to offer him during the visit and he was impressed by all the resources Florida has.

“It’s amazing,” he said when asked of his impressions of the school and atmosphere. “It’s a lot to take in. They have a lot more here than they do instate.”

One of the things that stood out to Lovett was the Gators academic side of things and how much bigger they’re than what he’s used too.

“The academic center,” Lovett said on what stood out to him. “It’s bigger than anyone that I’ve seen. It’s like two sizes and they have more stuff than any other school I’ve been to.”

Despite this being the first trip to Florida, Lovett was very familiar with the coaching staff since most of the guys came from Mississippi State and he says the relationship is a solid one.

“It’s good, because I still have the same relationship with them,” he said on seeing some familiar faces on the coaching staff. “They just cool, they want to do what’s best for me.”

The Gators kept the message short and sweet with Lovett about why Florida wants him in the Orange and Blue.

“Win a championship,” Lovett said on the coaches’ message to him. “I’m going to be good and taken care of if I come down here.”

Defensive line coach Sal Sunseri also spoke to Lovett about how the Gators would use him in the 3-4 defense.

“They said I would play inside and outside,” he said on where the coaches see him playing. “Because I’m a big for an inside guy and I can play outside.”

While on the trip, Lovett was hosted by another defensive player who explained that the defensive lineman could help him in the Swamp.

“David Reese,” he said on who his player host was. “He’s cool, he was just like he wants me down here because I can make his job easier.”

Heading into the visit, the Gators were thought of as the third choice for Lovett but the Mississippi native says the Gators helped themselves this weekend.

“It’s a very realistic option for me,” Lovett said on if the Gators are a real threat for him now. “I could see myself playing here but I could also see myself playing at the other schools too. I just need a little bit more time.”

When Lovett sits down this week to make his college choice, he says he knows what he’s looking for out of a school.

“Who has my best interest,” he said when asked what he’s going to look at when making a decision. “And if I’m going to play.”

INSIDERS TAKE: Lovett says his three finalist are Florida, Ole Miss and Mississippi State heading into signing day. Lovett admits that this visit made things a lot more complicated for him.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.