John Lovett’s time at Baylor University is coming to an end, but the former Cherokee High School running back will have one more season of NCAA football to go. Lovett will conclude his collegiate playing career much closer to his home state.
Lovett announced via social media on Monday that he will be joining Penn State as a graduate transfer. The Willingboro native will have one year of eligibility left and will look to end his college career with a bang in the Big Ten Conference.
The 22-year-old rushed for 1,803 yards and 17 touchdowns during his four seasons with the Bears, while also adding 183 receiving yards and one touchdown catch. Lovett was a prior prospect of Penn State’s during his time at Cherokee High, but instead chose to head to Baylor to play under then-head coach Matt Rhule.
Lovett will join Keyvone Lee, Caziah Holmes, Devyn Ford, and Noah Cain in the Nittany Lions backfield in 2021. Not only will he bring a solid mix of speed and physicality to the mix in James Franklin’s offense next season, but his valuable years of experience in the Big 12 should translate nicely to the Nittany Lions tailback corps.
Penn State finished 4-5 this season.
Larry Henry Jr., Correspondent