Courtney Love is one of the players in the 2013 class that Nebraska has to feel good about the possibilities of him contributing early. Love is a physical and athletic linebacker who had a great senior season at Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney. Love is being honored tonight at a banquet for all of the top area players.
"It's called the Big 22," Love Sr. said. "It's here in Youngstown and it's for all of the top players here in the area. Courtney was the only player from Cardinal Mooney on the team and we will find out tonight who the MVP of the defense is at the banquet."
Nebraska's head coach was in to see Love and his family last night. There are some strong ties between Pelini and the Love family around Cardinal Mooney High School and Youngstown in general. There was a lot to talk about and Love, Sr. called the visit a good visit overall.
"Bo Pelini was here last night. The conversation was good. He just reassured us on his commitment to Nebraska. He said his plans are not to go anywhere. He really sees Nebraska football on the upswing.
"He explained to Courtney what he expects of him and where he sees him and his athleticism. He talked to him about what to expect from him. He said not to expect a pacifier. Courtney will be expected to handle the football field and the class room."
One other topic of conversation last night was about former Nebraska graduate assistant Vince Marrow. Marrow accepted a job to be part of Kentucky's staff and Marrow is also a Cardinal Mooney graduate and knows Love, Sr. personally.
"He did talk a little bit about if Coach Vince Marrow did take the job; he did hit on that a little bit. He said that Vince was going to have to make the best decision for himself and his family. He wouldn't hold a guy like Vince back."
Things are going to be going fast for Love now. He's wrapping up his senior year and in three weeks he will be on campus in Lincoln. Love, Sr. has been trying to prepare his son to take the college step and he knows that it's going to be difficult because they have a very tight family.
"He will graduate next Friday and I will be driving him to Lincoln around the 4th of January and he will start classes on the 7th. We had talks mentally preparing him for going to school. He has a little brother that is nine, a little sister that is two and another sister that is 17. He's close with all of them.
"I will be supporting him with everything in my power trying to keep him strong and dealing with the home sickness that he could possibly have. Nebraska has great academics and people there, Bo is still there and the rest of the staff are there. There will be some distance, but it's the best for him and we are just going to root him on."