Bloomington, Ind. – The highlight tape told the story about Charles Love III.
When IU Assistant Coach Gerald Brown first saw the 6-3, 190-pounder from Memphis' Trezevant H.S., he saw a wideout that had track-caliber speed, great size and tremendous athleticism, the sort of skills that figured to have a slew of college programs lining up to lure him to their respective campuses.
But in spite of interest from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Kentucky, Love committed to the Hoosiers after making his official visit last weekend.
"He has speed, great hands, and he's 6-3, and 190 pounds," said his high school coach Teli White. "Plus he has character out of this world. He's a hard worker and a really, really good kid."
Love is hoping that translates into early playing time in Bloomington. Odds are IU will lose James Hardy at season's end, and there remains a possibility of losing Andrew Means as well if he gets drafted and opts to pursue a professional career in baseball.
With a spread attack that often utilizes four wideouts, Love saw an opportunity to get on the field in a hurry.
"He sees at Indiana he has the opportunity to come up and play early, and that's what he's looking forward to," White said.
After producing more than 800 yards receiving as a junior, Love saw his productivity slip as a senior. He finished the season with 31 receptions for 427 yards and four scores as teams did what they could to keep him under wraps.
"If you have a kid here that goes for 800 yards in one year, he'll have someone in front of him and someone on top of him the next year, and that's what happened to Charles this year," White said. "But he still made plays after he caught the ball, and that's what Coach Brown was impressed by.
"This is a kid who can take a 12-yard pass and turn it into an 80-yard touchdown."
Brown was also intrigued by Love's athleticism. As a junior Love showed off his speed in track and field by running on Trezevant's state championship 4x100 relay team, and added a second-place finish in the state meet's triple jump as well.
It's unclear whether Love will have interest in competing in both sports at IU, but White said it was obvious how excited Love is to be a part of IU's offense.
"He was getting a lot of interest from other schools, but once he went up to Indiana and saw them running that spread offense and how he could get the ball early, that was his choice," White said.
White thinks the Hoosiers are not only getting a tremendous football player, but an equally impressive individual as well. He said that was apparent on the first day of practice this year, when the first-year head coach arrived for the start of the season.
"I walked into practice on my first day, and he and another senior had the kids out there working out until I got there," White said. "He was a leader, a hard worker. Indiana is getting a great kid."
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