NLR Safety Bringing The Love

There's a lot of good love going around North Little Rock High these days. And if the University of Arkansas football team gets its wish, that love will one day be felt in Fayetteville.



Jamar Love -- 6-foot-1, 186-pound senior cornerback -- has the Razorbacks at the top of his list of schools along with Oklahoma State. Love is also being recruited by Ole Miss, Memphis and Nebraska, but so far Arkansas is the only school to offer Love a scholarship.

"I'm leaning towards Arkansas," Love said. "They were the first one to offer, so they're high on my list."

Love is being recruited by coaches Bobby Allen and Chris Vaughn.

"I'll probably wait until signing day to make a decision," Love said. "But Arkansas is where I'm leaning. I also like Oklahoma State."

Love had 35 tackles in five games prior to Friday's 16-0 win against Conway. Also a tailback for the Charging Wildcats, Love had rushed for 360 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries through five games.

"Oklahoma State is recruiting me as a running back," Love said. "Everybody else is looking at me as a cornerback."

Love -- who is ranked as the No. 32 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com and the 36th best at this position nationally by The Insiders.com -- has helped North Little Rock get off to a 5-1 start in 2004.

The Charging Wildcats finished just 2-8 last season.

"We did expect this," Love said. "It's not a surprise that we're doing this good."

Love runs a 4.5 in the 40 and owns a 2.7 grade point average. Love, too, has made a 16 on his first ACT and will take the test again on Oct. 23.

Arkansas' love for Love is the main reason this Charging Wildcats is so high on the Hogs.

"It seems like when I go up there, they really want me to be there bad," Love said. "And from watching the Florida game, it looks like I could help out in the secondary."

Love attended Arkansas' game against Alabama and is planning on another unofficial visit before the season ends. He also will make an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State on Oct. 30 when the Cowboys play Oklahoma.



HOGS TOP CHOICE FOR BRADFORD

Brandon Bradford makes no bones about it. Arkansas is No. 1 on his list.

A 6-0, 245-pound outside linebacker from Malvern who also plays fullback, Bradford's only offer has come from the Razorbacks.

"I'm looking at Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Henderson State," Bradford said. "Arkansas is at the top.

"I like the academic setup (at Arkansas). The way they have their players going in for studies, I like that. They won't let you fail out of school."

Bradford shouldn't need to worry about any failing out, though. The Leopards' senior had a 3.0 GPA and has scored a 19 on his ACT to already qualify.

Malvern is just 2-4 on the season after Friday's 26-6 Homecoming loss against Hope. Bradford had 32 tackles and three sacks heading into Friday's loss.

Bradford has attended the Alabama and New Mexico State games and will try to make it back up to Fayetteville for the Georgia game on Oct. 23.

"I'm also going to go to the LSU game in Little Rock if I can," Bradford said. "I don't have any other visits scheduled other than those."


















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