• John Macon Gillespie

Lovett Surprised By Early Attention

With National Signing Day 2017 now in the rearview, the 2018 class in Mississippi shifts into focus. And oh boy is it a good one.

Olive Branch defensive end Fabien Lovett has emerged as a bright spot of the bunch, too. Memphis, Southern Miss, Mississippi State and Ole Miss have already offered the talented rising senior.

“I didn’t feel like I would be at this point so early,” Lovett told SES Mississippi. “It means a lot and tells me to work harder.”

He says that Memphis coaches have described him as a playmaker. That would be accurate after his 86 tackles, 21 for loss, nine quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, to go with a sack, a pass deflection and blocked punt, last last season.

“I think I played well last season. My run-stopping was the best thing I did,” He said. “I could improve on my pass rush.”

This offseason he plans to work on just that, and he want to get in work even after team activities. However, the focus this offseason is his team and their overall improvement as a unit.

Lovett proved to be a bright spot for the 0-12 Conquistadors in 2016.

“We are just not on the same page and nobody respects each other like a real team should,” Lovett explained.

According to Lovett what sets him apart is his effort. That will be tested in these offseason months as he steps forward to be a leader when his team needs it desperately.

“I’m going to try as hard as I can to bring us together as a team and one brotherhood,” He stated. “It could change if everyone jumps on with it.”

“We have to come together on one accord and play together, for each other. We can’t let outside stuff come in and affect the team.”

One positive is that the players are warming up to head coach Pete Hurt and his staff. That is a major positive in Lovett’s eyes.

“We have a tight chemistry. Now that they’ve been here for awhile now the team and coaches are starting to work together,” Lovett said.

Being great is something that the 6’2 255-pound defensive lineman expects, because he watches great players. In fact, there are two he tries to emulate.

“Johnathan Allen from Alabama and James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” He said when asked which players he favors. “I like those guys because they are hard-working defensive linemen. It looks like they excel at every move and overpower the offensive lineman.”

After many battles against the likes of South Panola, Tupelo, Columbus and other feared 6A foes in recent years, Olive Branch transitions to 5A this fall. Lovett has a message for the class 5A teams the ‘Quistors will play in 2017.

“Be ready,” He said. “Because we are not letting up and we will play till the clock is at zero.”

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