"He's probably one of the better freshman/sophomore players that I've coached and I've coached 18 years," Wake Forest-Rolesville head coach Reggie Lucas said. "I think his potential is unlimited. I have him for two more years and I think he's on track to be one of the top prospects in his senior class.
"His work ethic is one of the keys. Obviously, he has speed, because he's a track guy – his speed is unbelievable. With the speed, he's more of a power [‘back]. I know he's been working in the offseason on his cuts. So I think he's going to have the total package before he graduates."
Before stepping foot on Wake Forest-Rolesville's campus, Love was making headlines. He received the 2009 Youth Athlete of the Year award from the USA Track and Field's Youth Committee after setting three national records in one year.
Love estimates that he now holds over ten national, regional, or state track records. His personal best times include 10.6 seconds in the 100-meter dash, 21.4 seconds in the 200-meter dash, and 48.2 seconds in the 400-meter dash.
On the football field, Love spent his freshman year on junior varsity. The following offseason he was moved up to varsity and immediately became an impact player for Wake Forest-Rolesville.
"Typically we have two or three good ‘backs," Lucas said. "So we don't have to use Bryce 30 to 40 times a game. I think he's capable of [carrying the load] – and even this last year he became our main back, but he didn't get as many touches as you would have thought. He did lead the team in rushing, but he only touched the ball 12 to 15 times a game."
On just 110 carries, Love rushed for 977 yards (8.88-yard average) and 11 touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 105 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown.
Love has already collected scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia Tech.
"I think [the offers] say a lot about his character – first of all," Lucas said. "When [coaches] ask about his grades, I say he's a straight ‘A' student. I think that in a way seals the deal. To know that he has good discipline in the classroom, [college coaches] know they are getting a quality overall person, not just an athlete."
Love is also receiving interest from Arizona, Florida State, Georgia, Penn State, and UCLA.
UNC offered Love while he was on campus for the Tar Heels' Junior Day in January.
"I think [Randy Jordan] is tickled to death about Bryce," Lucas said. "Every time I speak with him and he talks about Bryce, he kind of lights up – he's definitely excited. I saw him recently at a coaches' clinic and everything he said about Bryce was positive. He thinks he's a Carolina athlete right now."
Love shares similar feelings towards Jordan.
"I like him as a person – not even as a coach," Love said. "I like how he is towards his players. He seems down-to-earth and an honest person."
The junior day visit was the latest in a long line of visits Love has made to Chapel Hill.
"Coach [Larry] Fedora, he brings a new style and new experience to the school," Love said. "I remember when I was younger, I used to go to Coach [Butch] Davis' games and it was a different feeling. Now, it feels like they are more focused."
Though he is reluctant to name favorite schools, one factor will be critical to his collegiate decision – proximity.
"I like the in-state schools," Love said. "I'd love to stay in-state. I don't have to stay in-state, but I'd like to stay close to home. I don't want to get too far away."
Love's uncle, Reggie, played football at UNC... During Keith Marshall's high school days, he and Love trained together… More influential to Love's collegiate decision, though, is where his brother, Chris, ends up. "I'd love the opportunity to play with my brother – that would be special," Bryce said. Chris is considering at a few walk-on offers, including one from UNC.