6-foot-1, 225 pounds / Cardinal Mooney HS (Youngstown, OH)
- Bill Greene, Scout.com Ohio recruiting analyst
Senior Honors: First-team Division III All-Ohio
Senior Stats: 110 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss and nine sacks
The Lowdown: Nebraska isn't just getting a great player in Love, but it's also Nebraska dipping into the state of Ohio, and going toe-to-toe with Ohio State. Love is just one of the latest recruiting wins by Nebraska when it comes to nabbing recruits from Ohio with Greg McMullen being another last year.
But Love is different. McMullen had a year to come in and digest what was being fed to him in Lincoln. Love instead came to Nebraska a semester early in hopes of getting on the field immediately for head coach Bo Pelini and linebackers coach Ross Els. It's very possible it could happen.
The Cardinal Mooney product's first trip to check out Lincoln was the Huskers' spring game. He came with teammate and former Nebraska commitment Marcus McWilson, who spent most of the trip trying to persuade his friend to pick the Huskers. A week later, Love pulled the trigger, deciding to commit to Pelini, a Cardinal Mooney alum.
"It felt like home," said the linebacker at the time. "The coaches really talked to me and were genuine. Because the game was canceled I got the chance to spend a lot of time with all of the defensive coaches 1-on-1.
"The coaches are a great group of people, and they care about you as a person before they care about you as a player. They are going to make sure you have everything in your life situated and academically, so you can get out of college, and be a good person. It's like having a second dad really with those guys there."
What Love does on the football field makes him ideal for how Nebraska uses their middle linebacker. Love enjoys the contact of the position. He wants to see the hole open up, come up and fill it at full speed. There is an attitude that you must have as a middle linebacker and Love oozes with it.
Where Love comes from also figures into the equation when it comes to possibly playing early at Nebraska. While Cardinal Mooney didn't have a great season last year like they typically do, they are widely considered to be one of the top football programs in the state of Ohio. There is an understanding of what it takes to win. It's the culture Love was brought up in.
Why Nebraska: "I believe that there is a great opportunity there for me at Nebraska. It's the opportunity for the education and for football. I know that I can go in there and that I will have the opportunity to show what I can do, learn the game and play. When I visited there they made it clear that there was opportunity for me there at Nebraska. If I go in there and work as hard as I can then it will pay off."
Who Recruited Him: Ross Els and John Papuchis
BRR Projection: Love clearly knows what is going on in Lincoln. The Huskers graduate all three of their starting linebackers and with all of the positions up for grabs Love put himself in a position to graduate early and enroll at Nebraska for the spring semester. It would make the most sense for Love to figure in more to the MIKE or BUCK spots immediately, but WILL is definitely not out of the question because of his athleticism. An argument could be made to either redshirt or play Love. It will ultimately come down to understanding the defense, making the right calls and adjusting to the speed of the game.
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