The Look of Love

Texas prep linebacker Jermaine Love (5-11, 225, 4.46) says Arkansas is his clear leader and he'll be in Fayetteville in December in an effort to seal the deal for the Razorbacks.

All this 2006 success on the football field has given the University of Arkansas the Look of Love.

Unlike the hit song from the 1980s new wave band ABC, this Look of Love is from one of the country's best linebackers.

Garland (Texas) North Garland middle linebacker Jermaine Love (5-11, 225, 4.46) said Sunday night that the No. 5 Razorbacks (10-1) are his clear leader in the clubhouse.

"I just love the way their play with such intensity and passion," Love said. "They are the highest team on my list. There are some other teams I am looking at, but if I get up there and it feels like home like I think it is going to, then I am going to go to Arkansas."

Love, who has already visited Nebraska and Kansas State, had hoped to visit Arkansas and see the Razorbacks' game with LSU, but since the game is in Little Rock an official visit is not allowed.

Instead Love, ranked as the 23rd best middle linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com, will be making the trip either Dec. 8-10 or Dec. 15-17.

"I am going to come up in December while they are practicing for the bowl," Love said. "I am really looking forward to it."

Love, who likes to pattern his game after former All-Pro linebacker Lawrence Taylor, has already taken visits to Nebraska and Kansas State and could possibly take a visit to Florida, a school he says recently offered.

He has also taken unofficial visits to Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

But at the moment Love is all about Arkansas, who he watched whip Tennessee 31-14 on national television on Nov. 11.

"I thought Arkansas played great that night and showed they were one of the best in the country," Love said. "They are getting back to where they use to me and they are doing it with a bunch of young players so they are going to continue to be great. Last year they were just okay, but they have really got it going now."

Love, who had a school-record 135 tackles as a junior, suffered through three different injuries that caused him to only get to play in 7 games.

Still he managed to make 98 tackles, collect 20 quarterback hurries and get five sacks for a team that finished 5-5.

He told his hometown newspaper earlier this season about how he views his play on the field.

"I love to hit," Love told the Garland News. "My favorite thing about playing football is hitting, hitting and more hitting. On a typical play all I can think about is how hard I'm going to hit somebody and my motto is to arrive with anger."

The season ended with archrival Garland downing North Garland 28-21 in the regular season finale.

"I have no doubts that we were better than most of the teams we lost to," Love said. "But we just had some little things that kept us from being as successful as we would have liked."

Arkansas is also recruiting North Garland wideout Hubert Anyiam (5-11, 170), who finished the season with 57 catches for 1,066 yards and 12 TDs.

Love has been selected to play in the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Ft, Lauderdale, Fla,, on Jan. 4 and will be televised by ESPNU.

"I'm pretty excited about that," Love said. "It's nice being named an All-American. Now I get to go out and hit folks one more time in high school before doing that in college."


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