Suffice to say, there’s a significant market for one soon-to-be-former Mississippi State football player.
In the wake of first-year head coach Mike Leach‘s much-discussed tweet, Fabien Lovett announced that he would be transferring out of the Mississippi State football program. The defensive lineman’s father subsequently confirmed that the tweet played a role in his son’s decision.
Speaking to 247Sports.com, Lovett stated that he has been in contact with more than 20 schools since he tweeted he was entering the portal. Among the Power Five programs who have reached out include Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Oregon, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Houston is also a school with which Lovett confirmed contact.
Schools are now permitted to contact prospective transfers without receiving permission from the player’s current school.
At this point, it’s unclear when Lovett will make a decision. Or to where he will transfer. It should be noted that, during his first recruitment, he took official visits to Florida and Ole Miss.
Lovett did allow that he would prefer to make visits before he decides on a new college football home. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA has banned all in-person recruiting until at least May 31. That would preclude Lovett from making a visit, official or otherwise, until June 1 at the earliest.
It’s thought that Lovett would have to sit out the 2020 season if he moves to another FBS program. However, he is expected to file an appeal for an immediate eligibility waiver. It’s believed that he will use the Leach tweet as the basis for his appeal.
Lovett was a three-star 2018 signee. He was rated as the No. 7 player regardless of position in the state of Mississippi.
The past two seasons, Lovett appeared in 15 games. 13 of those appearances came in 2019. A year ago, the defensive end was credited with 19 tackles, 2½ tackles for loss and a sack.
Because he appeared in four or fewer games in 2018, Lovett was able to take a redshirt for that season. Depending on how the waiver appeal turns out, Lovett would have either three years of eligibility starting in 2020 or two starting in 2021.