When Notre Dame landed Julian Love it got a three-star cornerback who turned into a freshman All-American and potential future captain. Now the Irish are evaluating his younger brother in 5-foot-9, 165-pound Michael Love, with the next standout at Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park, Ill., headed Irish Invasion this weekend.
The two-way star has already visited Notre Dame several times and grew up attending home games with his family. Now he’ll get a chance to make an impression on the field in front of the coaching staff while hunting for his first offer.
In addition to Notre Dame, Love has picked up interest from Missouri, Illinois and Iowa State.
“I’ll be there,” Love said. “I’m looking forward to getting a little bit of exposure and learning things from the different coaches, things like that.”
A two-way starter, Love is still working on choosing one position for the next level. He’ll work at slot receiver during Irish Invasion.
“I think I would play the slot well because the slot receiver is usually a little quick, shifty, elusive type of receiver and I think I fit that well,” Love said. “I like to make people miss. I think that’s a good position to fill.”
Through connections with his brother, the Chicago-area, and his 7-on-7 team Midwest Boom, Love already has a strong network of Notre Dame connections.
“Through my brother going to Notre Dame, I talk to the players that are already there,” Love said. “Jalen Elliott, I talk to him pretty often. I talk to Ian Book who’s a big quarterback and just a few different players I know through my brother. I talk to a few recruits who are thinking about going to Notre Dame and they just tell me how great of a school it is.”
Love has made major waves on the 7-on-7 circuit, leading his team in touchdowns at tournaments and making key plays on both sides of the ball.
Current Notre Dame commit, Micah Jones also plays for the National Champion squad.
“We have a very talented team,” Love said. “Our whole team have Division 1 offers, pretty much, or getting Division 1 looks. We have Nationals coming up in Florida. It should be fun. We should do very well.”
Chicago-born Irish target Houston Griffith will also play for Boom this summer.
“He will probably play with us the last two tournaments,” Love said. “He’s in Chicago right now for the summer. He has to go back to IMG of course but he should be with us for the last two tournaments. I ask him about his recruitment a lot but he doesn’t say much.”
Just like it was for his brother, a Notre Dame offer would be a dream come true for Love.
“That would be unbelievable,” Love said. “Obviously, my family are big on Notre Dame, that would be a huge deal to me.”