Bryce Loves Competition

WAKE FOREST, N.C. --- Ty’son Williams’s verbal commitment – and subsequent signing – hasn’t knocked North Carolina out of the race for Bryce Love.

“I’m definitely still looking at [UNC],” the 5-foot-10, 173-pound running back from Wake Forest High said. “Ultimately, if it’s the place for me, I’ll end up there for sure. But I still have to look at other schools, take visits, and sit down and talk with my family. If that’s the place that’s right for me, I’ll go there.”

Love’s primary contact at UNC is with Larry Porter, the Tar Heels’ running backs coach. The two communicate often, but Williams’s commitment hasn’t been addressed.

“[Porter] likes to send me motivational stuff, even though he’s going through camp,” Love said. “He’s busy with his team, but it’s still good to hear from him every now and then.”

Although Love would like to know how he now fits into UNC’s plans now that Williams is committed, Love says the pledge doesn’t harm the Tar Heels’ chances with him.

“Like I always say: every school is going to have competition,” Love said. “Wherever you end up, you’ve got to fight to play. If North Carolina is the place for me, I’ll go in and compete with all their running backs.”

Love has yet to name a list of final schools, but revealed that he’s strongly considering East Carolina, Florida, UNC, NC State, Stanford, and Virginia Tech. The door is open for other programs to jump into that list, namely Wisconsin.

Love was looking to make a verbal commitment in August – and even began to make plans for an announcement at his school. However, he has pushed back those plans until October at the earliest. He now plans to take official visits before making a decision.

“It’s still moving forward,” Love said. “My dad is still working with the school, because I’m trying to [announce] here at [Wake Forest High School]. It’s still in the works. We’re just trying to find a date. The sooner, the better.”

Florida, Stanford, and Virginia Tech are definite official visit destinations for Love.

The trajectory of close friend Nyheim Hines’s recruitment has mimicked that of Love’s. Thus, the two have leaned on each other, especially lately.

“We compare notes sometimes,” Love said. “We try to plan visits together. We’re trying to get official visits together. It’s a good idea to talk to Nyheim, because he’s going through the same process. I can see if the coaches are really genuine in what he’s saying.”

Even though they’re close, Love and Hines haven’t discussed attending the same school as a package deal. However, Love says just because they play similar positions won’t mean they’ll go different directions.

“Ultimately, wherever I end up will be good for me and wherever he ends up will be good for him,” Love said. “It might not be the same place, but it definitely would be a good opportunity to play together. But, we’ll be following each other and continue to be good friends regardless.”

Love said he would also enjoy being college teammates with friend Marcus Marshall and teammate Dexter Lawrence.

On Twitter, Love regularly hears from commitments representing UNC, NC State, and Stanford. From the Tar Heels’ corner, Andre Smith and William Sweet have been the most aggressive on Twitter, according to Love.

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