The Florida Gators landed the commitment of talented in-state offensive lineman Bryce Lovett Monday. Shortly thereafter, Lovett shared his thoughts with ChompTalk.com.
Lovett is a three-star prospect according to 247Sports, but held several power five scholarship offers, including Arkansas and Missouri.
The Rockledge, FL native even turned down an opportunity to play with his brother, Zachary (a linebacker at Mizzou) for the chance to attend UF.
“Why not Florida,” he jokingly responded to the question of why he chose the Gators before adding, “they are the best fit for me, I feel at home there, and what the new staff is doing for the players on and off the field is something I can’t pass up.”
Lovett, who sees himself playing tackle at the next level, talked about head coach Billy Napier’s approach to recruiting and how he’s “bringing back the old UF … the legendary one everyone wants to be part of.”
The 6’5, 330 lb prospect has made several trips to Gainesville since being offered by the new staff in late January. Of those visits, he shared that he “learned something new every visit … I don’t think there was one thing I didn’t like.”
Lovett noted several times that he felt “at home” while on his visits to Florida.
He did emphasize that watching his brother go through the recruiting gauntlet helped immensely. “I knew exactly what to look for and he still helped me once he got to [Mizzou].”
Lovett is currently the fifth commit to join Florida’s 2023 class that ranks No. 30 in the nation, according to 247. He is the second offensive lineman to commit in the last week and a half, joining Knijeah Harris of IMG Academy.
Lovett is preparing to enroll early and will sign during the December period, just seven months away.
Florida will continue its recruiting push with a number of top prospects expected to commit over the next few months leading up to the Gators’ Friday Night Lights camp at the end of July. Stay with ChompTalk.com for all the latest.