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Mon. July 26, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Hillsborough senior receiver Charles Lovett sees himself as a school where he will have the ball in his hands often.

Several Division I colleges have offered the talented wideout, among them USF, Duke, Colorado State, FIU, FAU, New Mexico. He also has an offer from Division I-AA Towson.

But right now, Lovett said his favorite is East Carolina, mainly because new Pirates coach Ruffin McNeill was interim coach at Texas Tech last year and was an assistant for a decade under the high-tempo, pass-happy offensive schemes run by former coach Mike Leach.

"You know they're going to throw the ball a lot," Lovett said. 

Lovett was one of the bay area's top receiving threats, making 44 catches for 1,108 and 8 touchdowns.

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Lovett averaged 110 receiving yards a game to go with an eyepopping 25.2 yards per catch last season for the Terriers.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com)

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