Scout's Take: Courtney Love

Nebraska struck gold in Ohio once again, landing Youngstown Cardinal Mooney linebacker Courtney Love. Previously, the Huskers grabbed Love's teammate, safety Marcus McWilson. Both players are ranked among the best in-state at their respective positions.

Courtney Love has committed to Nebraska, and the three-star linebacker from Youngstown Cardinal Mooney will join his teammate, Marcus McWilson in the 2013 Husker recruiting class.

Love, 6-foot-1, 222-pounds, is a three-star prospect, and is ranked at number-21 in the latest Ohio rankings.

THE PELINI FACTOR: Bo Pelini has established the fact that he can come into his home state of Ohio and battle Ohio State for the top players. For the second year in a row, the Huskers were able to go head-to-head with the Buckeyes and land a highly-ranked prospect, with Courtney Love being the latest. Last year, Pelini plucked defensive lineman Greg McMullen out of Ohio.

In addition to Love, the commitment of McWilson signifies Nebraska as a player in Ohio that will be able to battle the other Big Ten schools for top talent. It seems obvious that Pelini will be looking to recruit Ohio in the future, especially with his recent success.

Pelini's ties to Cardinal Mooney as a former player cannot be diminished, and this is one of Ohio's top talent-producing programs. The groundwork has been set for Nebraska to be considered Ohio State's main threat in the Steel Valley area.

LOVE AS A PLAYER: The best part of his game is the ability to come forward and deliver the blow on a runningback at the point of attack. Love does not miss tackles, and has the ability to cause turnovers with jarring hits. He has not been asked to drop back in coverage a lot, but he would appear to have the athletic ability to be successful in that area. He should end up playing the strong-side or middle linebacker spot in the Husker defense.

LOVE'S INTANGIBLES: You simply have to admire a player that is the leader of one of the top programs in Ohio. Love has been raised to play the game the right way, and he plays it with passion and great intensity. Clearly, he is a winner, and a player that is accustomed to winning. Love gets it done on the field, in the weight room, in the classroom, and in the community. He has the ability and mental makeup to be a contributor at an early stage. He and McWilson have the personalities to be successful recruiters for the Nebraska program, and be key aids to Pelini's efforts in Ohio.


Big Red Report Top Stories