Love will visit Gators

The University of Florida is still looking for speed to add to the offensive side of the ball. With that in mind, it doesn't get much faster than Bryce Love. The 4-star, 5-10, 180 pound running back from Wake Forest (N.C.) recently ran a combine timed 4.30 in the 40, the kind of thing that really turns heads. He certainly has the attention of the Gators and he wants to see what they have to offer.

With 22 scholarship football offers, Bryce Love is not your typical athlete they just relies on his physical ability to get to the next level. His recent offer from the Ivy League's Brown University gives a hint. He's got a 4.5 GPA and considers academics a major part of his recruitment.

"I haven't gotten a B in high school yet," Love said by phone Tuesday night. "I like Biology or Science. I (want to major in) Business or maybe something to do with genetics.

Love says Florida is a school he will consider strongly in the recruiting process.

"I will definitely look at Florida," he said. "I will be down there this summer."

The Love family is familiar with the new Florida offense and offensive coordinator Kurt Roper who while at Duke recruited Bryce's brother Chris who is now a running back at East Carolina.

"I have known Coach Roper at Duke, he used to recruit my brother when he was in high school, so we know him pretty well," Bryce said. "I think we have a pretty good relationship."

Having said that , assistant Brad Lawing and running back coach Brian White are the main communication links in the recruitment of Love.

"Coach White and Coach Lawing are the ones recruiting me," he said. "I've talked to Coach Muschamp a couple of times on the phone. They are the main recruiters."

Love says White is a bit of a different recruiter than most and can relate to the academic side that Love displays.

"I didn't know Coach White graduated from Harvard," he said about something he learned recently. "He likes my character and how I value my grades. He likes the speed aspect and they are trying to get that type of offense back at Florida."

White has passed along the academic expertise that Florida affords its students.

"I know they are considered very high academically, Coach White was telling me they are one of the top public schools academically in America."

The plan is to visit Florida in the next month or so and really get to know more about the school and the football program.

"I want to learn more about the academics," he said. "I want to see football players, get to meet with the coaches face to face and get a good relationship, things like that."

Recently invited to The Opening, Love hasn't eliminated anyone from the possibilities list yet. Compressing his list of school names will come as well in the next couple of months and he knows what he is looking for in a program.

"I definitely want to cut my list down over the summer," he said. "I want to see the balance of the situation (at the schools). I want a good football team, a family aspect, good coaches, good environment, and good people all around, that kind of thing."

Love said the style of offense is not important to him. It is easy to see why there are many other things more important. The Gators hope to show him just what he is looking for.

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