“I would say the schools that I’m going to take officials to mixed in with the in-state schools, like [North] Carolina, [NC] State, and ECU,” Love said. “Those would be my top schools, I would say.”
Though nothing has been scheduled, Love, a 5-foot-10, 173-pound running back from Wake Forest (N.C.), plans to take official visits to Florida, Stanford, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.
“Stanford, it’s so far away, so I didn’t really get to see the school completely [when I visited],” Love said. “That’s the similar story with all of them.
“I got to go to Virginia Tech in the beginning of my sophomore year, so I haven’t really been there in a while. So I want to get back up there. I remember how much I enjoyed the experience.
“Same with Tennessee – I haven’t been down there in a few months.
“And Florida, I’ve just never gotten to go down there at all. So I just want to get down there and meet the coaches.”
The early favorite to receive Love’s final official visit slot is Wisconsin. However, he’s also considering using that visit on an in-state school.
“I was thinking about that,” Love said. “I’m not really sure. Ultimately, I could always go [to the in-state school] and stay with somebody that used to go to my school. I know it’s not an official, but I’d still be able to experience student life. I haven’t decided yet. I might try to get out some place different, but it’s still an option for sure.”
Regardless, Love is contemplating his next trip to UNC.
“I definitely want to get down there sometime soon,” Love said. “Coach [Larry] Porter and I are in contact a lot. They just got through camp, got through the first game, and he told me how that was. He said the ‘backs played real well. I saw Elijah Hood’s highlight [when he ran over the Liberty defender]. I know it was a good game and I know they had a good showing.”
Since he was in Greenville the opening Saturday of the college football season to see his brother, Chris, suit up for the first time for East Carolina, Love was unable to catch UNC’s opening victory over Liberty. He did catch the highlights and sees positives in playing in an offense that uses running back-by-committee like UNC.
“I think it’s good keeping legs fresh,” Love said. “You don’t want one ‘back just carrying your team – you definitely want a few guys to get in. I like how Coach [Larry] Fedora does that.”
Love’s brother didn’t see the field against NC Central (or against South Carolina this past Saturday).
“They have a real good program over there,” Love said. “Everybody loves Coach ‘Ruff’ [Ruffin McNeill] – he’s a good dude. [Offensive coordinator] Coach [Lincoln] Riley [runs] a high-powered offense – one of the best offenses in the country. So it’s definitely always fun going out there to watch them.
“It’s always good to see my brother – if he plays or not. Just him having the opportunity to get out there is always good.”
Having his brother on roster is a major reason why East Carolina remains in contention for Love.
“I’m considering them a lot because my brother goes there,” Love said. “He tells me all the good things going on over there. He talks positive about Coach Ruff. He definitely says [McNeill] means everything he says – it’s not for show. [My brother said] the people there are really genuine [and] it’s nothing but good times over there. He gives me an inside eye.”
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