Love jumps on Irish offer
Julian Love didn’t wait.
Notre Dame offered the three-star cornerback from La Grange Park, Ill., earlier today during its Junior Day event. Love made a verbal commitment on the spot, deciding now was the time rather than waiting for a return trip next weekend.
“I thought I could hold it off, honestly,” Love said. “But I spent about an hour here again and I knew this was my place to be.”
Love chose the Irish over scholarship offers from Boston College, Buffalo, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Miami (Ohio), Northwestern, Rutgers and Western Michigan.
Michigan State had also been expressing interest in the 6-foot, 175-pound prospect.
Notre Dame moved into the mix last month with an unofficial visit, when Love became one of the first prospects to meet new defensive backs coach Todd Lyght. Lyght touched base again Saturday, then set Love up with defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and head coach Brian Kelly.
VanGorder talked with Love first, then Kelly extended the offer and accepted a commitment.
“Everybody knows how big of a school and how loving of a school and community it is,” Love said. “It’s just a family feel. Everybody is in it to win it. The whole community, the whole country basically. It’s just a great atmosphere.”
Love is the first defensive prospect to give Notre Dame a commitment in the Class of 2016 and third overall, joining long snapper John Shannon and four-star offensive tackle Tommy Kraemer. Shannon also committed on the spot Saturday after receiving an offer.
Scout.com rates Love a top 50 cornerback nationally and tops in Illinois. He also returns kicks and punts at Nazareth Academy.
“I know coach Todd Lyght and coach VanGorder will push me,” Love said. “They’ll make me the best player I could possibly be, the best man I could possibly be. That was a huge thing for me.”