Missouri football could reportedly lose one of its most improved and productive players.
A source confirmed to the Tribune that Missouri wide receiver Dominic Lovett would likely enter the transfer portal when it opens on Dec. 5. Chris Hummer of 247Sports first reported the news.
However, players that enter the portal can decide to exit and rejoin their teams, meaning Lovett can return if he enters the portal.
Lovett came into his own as a slot receiver for the Tigers this season, finishing the year with 56 catches for 846 yards, along with three touchdowns. The yardage was good for third in the SEC behind Jaylin Hyatt of Tennessee and Antwane Wells Jr. Of South Carolina.
The sophomore from East St. Louis shined in MU’s regular-season finale against Arkansas when he had six catches and 130 yards.
“We got it done,” Lovett said after the 29-27 win over the Razorbacks. “Won back that Battle Line trophy.”
Lovett figures to have plenty of teams vying for his services out of the portal. According to the 247Sports report, MU hopes to keep him, but he will likely be playing elsewhere in 2023.
He was a four-star prospect coming out of East St. Louis in 2020, after his senior football season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He had offers from a plethora of schools, including Arizona State, Alabama and Arkansas.
The loss of Lovett could cost Missouri its best offensive threat from the 2022 season, with a bowl appearance fast approaching. He has not officially confirmed the report of his impending portal entry but did like a social media post congratulating him on his season and wishing him the best if the story is true.
Lovett also changed his Instagram bio on Sunday and shared story posts indicating he plans to transfer.
Missouri will find out its bowl destination in December.
This article originally appeared on Columbia Daily Tribune: Missouri football's Dominic Lovett plans to enter transfer portal