GREENSBORO, N.C. --- North Carolina won’t be the first school to offer Trey Love. But, the Tar Heels’ staff has hinted that an offer is forthcoming for the 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Southeast Guilford.
“Obviously, he has great size – that’s No. 1,” Southeast Guilford head coach Fritz Hessenthaler said. “The kid is 6-4 and growing. [He’s] 240 pounds and getting heavier. Right now in my [weight lifting] program, I’m focusing on three main lifts and he’s the No. 1 lifter in all three as a sophomore – that’s real impressive.
“He’s very physical, he’s very fast, and tenacious. And that’s what you’re looking for in a defensive end.”
Surprisingly, his ability at fullback was the catalyst that triggered Love’s promotion to varsity during his freshman year.
The following season, though, Love became a force at defensive end. He led the team with 6.0 sacks and made 53 total tackles.
However, Love continued to also regularly contribute at fullback. He carried the ball 24 times for 122 yards and a touchdown. He also had two receptions for 24 yards.
“I can hand him the ball, I can use him on blocks, I can throw it to him out of the backfield,” Hessenthaler said. “I can line him up at tight end -- in high school, I can really use him at almost any position.”
East Carolina has offered Love a scholarship, while North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest have indicated to Hessenthaler that offering was in the near future. Love is also hearing from Florida State and Duke.
With UNC in particular, Chris Kapilovic has been in regular communication with Hessenthaler.
“Coach Kap said the [defensive coaches] like [Love] a lot,” Hessenthaler said. “They want him to come to a junior day.”
Love plans to attend UNC’s Junior Day on April 2.
“[Kapilovic] said, in June he would like for me to camp to show off in front of the coaches,” Love said. “The junior day is mainly for me to meet the coaches.”
Love has already visited UNC once. He attended the Tar Heels’ victory over Wake Forest last fall.
“The experience was great,” Love said. “The fans were great [and] the coaching staff was great. I like how the d-line is set up. I think I would be a good fit there.”
Additionally, Love has visited NC State and Wake Forest.
Love is scheduled to visit East Carolina this Saturday for a junior day. Being the first school to offer, Love says the Pirates have an early lead.
Love thought about playing lacrosse for Southeast this year, but decided to just run track after the football season… Growing up, Love rooted for UNC in basketball and Alabama in football.