With the shaved head look working now and certainly more muscle packed onto his frame, former North Little Rock standout Jamar Love looks a little different than he did during his final season.
One other difference is that Love (6-2, 196) is also sporting a big smile these days after a recruiting process that at times didn't look like he and the University of Arkansas were going to end up together.
"I real happy about the way it all worked out," said Love, who at times looked headed for Arkansas, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State before he and Arkansas got back together again at the end. "I am very proud to be a Razorback."
Love is on the East team and one of the numerous Arkansas football signees in Fayetteville this week to play in the Arkansas Coaches Association All-Star game on Friday night at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
"I'm looking forward to playing with guys like (Sylvan Hills teammates) Kevin Hubbard and Kaming Kareem, (Jacksonville's) Clinton McDonald and certainly looking forward to playing with (fellow Arkansas signee) Darren McFadden," Love said. "I think we have the advantage when you look at the rosters because of the names we have on it."
Love has become very familiar over the past several weeks with Arkansas facilities while making an early arrival in Fayetteville to workout with his future Razorback teammates.
"I've been working out with the team and the freshmen who have already made it up here," Love said. "We've just been working together to build our strength and speed and getting knowledge of what we are going to be doing this fall. I will say some of the older guys are smaller than I thought they would be, but they are very tough and fast and I think we have a chance to have a great team this season."
Love, who played both running back and cornerback the past few seasons for North Little Rock, will start summer school when the second session commences on July 5, something freshmen are now able to do under NCAA rules.
"That's a great deal and will give me a chance to get used to things before we really get going with practice," Love said. "Some of the older guys are also helping me out with things on the field and off."
Love was down to 180 or so when his senior season ended, but he has not let up with his weight lifting and conditioning since then and was surprised to see the scale heading toward 200 when he got on recently.
"I was surprised when I first came up here and weighed in," Love said. "I thought I would be about 180, but I guess the weight lifting has been paying off and I feel good at this weight."
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