A day after Scout.com reported that Corona (Calif.) Centennial defensive back Kentrell Love had Nebraska and Oregon State as early co-favorites, Arizona State jumped in with a scholarship offer and sent a jolt into the recruitment.
Love, a 6-foot-2, 175 pound cornerback who could also potentially play safety in college, has a new leader.
"ASU is at the top now, they're right up there," Love said Wednesday. "I would say they are ahead of them (Nebraska and Oregon State). I would have to say that.
"I always liked ASU. I always have said that would be a great school to go to."
Though he doesn't know the players personally, Love is aware of ASU's history of signing players from the school, including NFL linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
"I know several of them went to the League," Love said. "I watched a couple games last year, I think I saw when they played Arizona and another game."
Love has been recruited by ASU offensive coordinator Mike Norvell and said he was told the Sun Devils were close to an offer and would proffer one as soon as secondary coach Chris Ball saw him and signed off on it. That happened this week, with the Sun Devils apparently impressed by the cornerback's size, versatility, and press coverage ability, a technique they play a lot of.
"They're recruiting me as a corner I believe," Love said. "Most schools are recruiting me as a corner, pretty much."
"It would be a good opportunity to play with them at the next level but if they feel where I'm going is not the best fit for them, they have to do what's best for them," Love said. "I'm looking for where I can go in and be the best corner that ever went to that school and just help the team get a national championship."
Currently Love's plan is to visit ASU this summer once he can get it set up with his parents and then probably take several official visits for a comparison point before making a decision.
"I kind of want to take some officials with my parents and see what's out there and then maybe right before my season think about committing," Love said.