Dante Lovett Discusses Virginia Tech Decision

Dante Lovett
Dante Lovett plans to play cornerback for Virginia Tech. (@dante_lovett)

Dante Lovett
Defensive Back, Class of 2023
DeMatha, Hyattsville, MD
6-1, 185

Right now, DeMatha (Md.) 2023 three-star Dante Lovett is committed to playing football at Virginia Tech. But if all goes right, he could add a sport to his college athletic career.

Lovett announced his pledge to the Hokies on May 8. He chose them out of more than a dozen scholarship offers, but a top four that also included Cincinnati, Maryland and Boston College. The decision came after three visits to Blacksburg, but just one this spring, for a spring practice, when the offer came on April 12. The circumstances around that offer for Lovett were quite telling.

“My thing is, I had a lot of schools try to hop in at the end of my recruitment,” he said. “A lot came in to try to get in the top four. I’m big on people who were there from the start and showed love from the start. They were recruiting me, but when the new staff came, they kept it 100%. They said, ‘come and we’ll offer.’ And they did. They made a big impact on my mom and me.”

Lovett, Rivals.com’s No. 15 player in Maryland, said he’s ready to join the Hokies’ secondary as a cornerback. Conversations with assistant coach Derek ‘Cheetah’ Jones have only solidified his decision.

“Coach Cheetah is genuine, and he was just telling me if I come ready to work, I can make an impact,” Lovett said. “I’d rather work than something be handed to me. I could tell the difference from other schools, that they were just genuine. They didn’t guarantee me anything.

“I’d come in and just be ready. I want to get on the field my freshman year. I’m trying to come in, likely at corner, but they can play me at nickel and safety. I’m ready to just come in and make an impact wherever.”

Lovett said he plans to officially visit Virginia Tech June 24. He plans to use part of that visit to explore the possibility of also running track for the Hokies. Lovett runs for his high school’s 100m, 200m and relay teams.

“I haven’t really brought it up, but I will on my official,” he said. “Every week, I’m just dropping times, in my 200. I’m at about 21 (seconds) right now. I feel like me wanting to play in the NFL, the league is getting faster and they want people who are fast, especially at corner. I love football, but track is another experience, so I might do it, see how they feel.”

Regardless, Lovett said whether he runs track or not won’t impact his decision to head to Virginia Tech.

“For me, it’s a beautiful campus and when I got there, it felt like home,” he said. “It’s about four hours from home, and from the time I got there, the coaches made it feel like home, like I could go there and develop on and off the field.”

Lovett said he also got confirmation from his seven-on-seven coach and one of his trainers, Roc Carmichael, a former Virginia Tech defensive back. He also spoke frequently with Hokie sophomore defensive back Dorian Strong, another Maryland native.

“He’s from my area and I’m close with him,” Lovett said. “They told me it’s a place I’ll go and get better. There’s