Alabama Signee: Tyler Love

Tyler Love, offensive tackle from Mountain Brook, Ala., will move the short distance to Tuscaloosa this weekend with other members from the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.

Tyler Love, Height: 6-foot-7, Weight: 295 lbs., Max Bench: 350 lbs.

Off-season workouts:
"I've just been going by the book the coaching staff gave all the signees after signing day. The work-outs are pretty rough. It's definitely not the easiest thing in the world, but they definitely help push you to your limit and get you into shape."

What he wants to improve the most about his game:
"Definitely my overall blocking abilities: drive blocking, pass blocking. That sort of thing."

Expectations for this coming season:
"I think this year will be great. We all just need to do the best we possibly can and never give up. As far as me individually, I just want to help the team as best as possible and work hard every day."

Position:
"I'm starting out at offensive tackle, but I'm not sure which side."

Academic status:
"I'm eligible. I finished with a 3.1 GPA and made a 24 on the ACT. I will report to Alabama on June 1."

Funny recruiting story:
"On my visit to Florida, Tim Tebow made fun of me because I was an Alabama boy that listened to country music."

On being a part of the nation's top signing class:
"I think it's a great class. It proves that Alabama can pull in top athletes and shows people that we can do a lot more than they expect."

Roommates:
"Barrett Jones, Brad Smelley, John Michael Boswell."

Which teammates he keeps in touch with the most:
"I've talked to Julio Jones, Jerrell Harris and Star Jackson some."

Coaches he's talked with recently:
"Coach [Kevin] Steele, coach [Lance] Thompson and coach [Kirby] Smart. They've all been saying I have to be ready to come in and work hard."

When he knew Alabama was the place for him:
"I'm not totally sure when the ‘moment of truth' was, but a huge factor was going to the A-Day game during my junior year of high school (spring 2007) when the 92,000 plus fans showed up. I saw just how much the fans cared that they'd show up at a scrimmage."


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