Sharing the Love

Arkansas and Ole Miss top the recruiting list of standout North Little Rock junior cornerback Jamar Love, a player that's also getting attention from several other top football programs.

One way to combat the recent college trend of putting 6-5 wideouts on the edge is to go and get some cornerbacks of your own with size and speed.

That's why North Little Rock's Jamar Love, a 6-2, 190-pound corner with 4.41 speed in the 40-yard dash, is one of the top priorities in the University of Arkansas' 2005 recruiting class.

"The Arkansas coaches have made me feel very wanted and I can certainly see myself being part of that program," Love said. "I think Fayetteville is a wonderful place with great facilities and a great coaching staff. They are at the top of my list."

But before you put Love in the slam dunk category for the Razorbacks, that top spot is shared by Ole Miss.

There are others such as Iowa, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and even Notre Dame trying to elbow their way into the sweepstakes.

"I would say that all those other schools are chasing Arkansas and Ole Miss, which are the two I am leaning to right now," Love said. "They are both great places."

Love had been to Junior Days in both Fayetteville and Oxford, attended three Arkansas games last season (two in Fayetteville) and just returned from Ole Miss' Blue-Red scrimmage this past weekend.

"It was real nice down there this weekend," Love said. "I went down there on Saturday and watched the scrimmage and the coaches and players made me feel very welcomed."

Love had 50 tackles and a trio of interceptions as a junior after a sophomore season where he tallied 68 stops, swiped four passes and caused two fumbles.

Much to Love's chagrin, the Charging Wildcats finished 2-8 both seasons.

"I am so looking forward to this season because we have a lot of people coming back and I think this is the year that we take a big step forward," Love said. "I'm excited about what the year holds."

Love, currently competing in track for NLR, will attend a Nike Camp May 1 on Texas A&M's campus and then go to football camps at both Arkansas and Ole Miss.

"I think my size and speed and knowledge of the game are my strengths and I think I can cover anybody and I am a great hitter," Love said. "I think the one thing I need to work on is my focus and staying in the game at all times. That is an area where I can make improvement and become a complete football player."


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