Love takes in "business-like" visit at MSU

Athlete from Nazareth Academy (Ill.) takes his first trip to East Lansing over the weekend and left surprised by the demeanor of Mark Dantonio

Julian Love already holds offers from a handful of Big Ten schools. On Saturday, he took his first visit to another one: Michigan State.

The La Grange Park (Ill.) Nazareth Academy junior said he found a very clear approach to everything around the Spartans.

”I felt like it was very business-like, not in a bad way, but I felt like they are trying to compete for a championship every year and they expect nothing less,” he said. “I really liked that and understood that.”

The 5-foot-11 Love defensive back/wide receiver also received an impression of coach Mark Dantonio that he was not expecting.

”You expect a coach at a top school like Michigan State to be amped up all the time, but he was very relaxed and very chill,” he said.

As a talented player on both sides of the ball, Love is being recruited as an athlete by Michigan State. Dantonio brought up to Love that the Spartans had a pair of wide receivers – Tony Lippett and R.J. Shelton – play cornerback in the Cotton Bowl as well.

“Actually, the defensive coordinator said they want me, but when I was talking to Dantonio, they like me as a player,” Love said. “He said that he heard my offensive film was really good and is going to talk to the wide receiver coach and analyze the film because he said he only saw about 30 seconds of it and caught a quick glimpse.”

One thing he likes in particular about the Spartans is their defensive style and how they “breed some very nice defensive backs.”

”It reminds me of the Seahawks like a college-level Seahawks and how pumped up they are and how amped they are,” That’s always nice. I have caught some games, I haven’t specifically looked out for them. I have seen them play and they are very high tempo.”

Love holds offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Northwestern, as well as Boston College, Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan.

He has been hearing from a handful more around the Big Ten.

“I have been hearing from Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland,” he said. “Schools have been coming in to be talking in to talk to me specifically.”

Next up, he has visits to Indiana, Illinois and Northwestern.


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