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Michael Love turns heads at Irish Invasion

Chicago-area slot receiver Michael Love held his own at Irish Invasion and made some impressive plays during one-on-ones. The Irish staff and roster took notice.

La Grange Park (Ill.) Nazareth ’19 prospect Michael Love Michael Love has drawn attention due to his play on the 7-on-7 circuit with National Champion Midwest Boom. Being Julian Love’s younger brother has helped too.

But on Saturday night at Irish Invasion, the latest Love got a chance to showcase himself as a college prospect in his own right. The slight-in-size athlete worked out at slot receiver during the camp and opened eyes with some big plays.

Although Love grew up attending home games and has visited campus before, Saturday marked his first workout at his favorite university.

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound athlete was impressed with how Notre Dame ran the event.

“It was very good,” Love said. “They made sure everyone was engaged, really. They made sure everyone had plenty of reps and there were very good drills. I think it was a very effective camp. They used their time very well.”

A familiar receiver from his class was also in attendance.

“I talked to (Missouri wide receiver) Kyren Williams, I’m good friends with him,” Love said. “He played with (7-on-7 Midwest) Boom. We have a Boom team in St. Louis. We talked to him and the guys got to know him and stuff.

Love received praise from one of Notre Dame’s top commits.

“I also talked to Markese Stepp a little bit,” Love said. “He came up to me and he was like, ‘I didn’t know you were that fast, young bro. Keep working.’ That was really it with him.”

Being the younger brother a starting Notre Dame cornerback meant Love went into the camp already familiar with several members of the staff.

“I was talking to coach (DelVaughn) Alexander the whole camp,” Love said. “He was pushing me to work hard. I guess he knew my potential and he wanted to push me to my limits. He’s a really good coach. I talked to coach (Mike) Elston a little bit. I talked to coach (Todd) Lyght. I’ve talked to coach Lyght before, obviously, because my brother got recruited as a (defensive back). He was surprised that I went to receiver he thought I was going to camp as a defensive back.”

Love mentioned that a few current Notre Dame players gave him some important words of advice during his workout, including a few talented receivers.

“Jalen Elliot and (Kevin) Stepherson really helped me out,” Love said. “Especially Stepherson, he was telling me things to do and how he breaks down (defensive backs) and also Chris Finke, he was helping me a lot as well. He was telling me things he does because we’re similar in size. He was telling me things he does in drills and route running. That really helped me.”

Of course, his older brother chimed in on his performance.

“He said I did very well,” Love said. “He was giving me tips every once in a while. He wasn’t obviously going crazy, he was more helpful, telling me what to do, telling me what I did wrong. “

Love has a few upcoming events this month before winding things down and focusing on his junior season at Nazareth Academy. This fall will be an important time for Love to showcase his talent as he hunts his first offer.

“We have two national tournaments with Boom left over the next two weekends and Wednesday is my last camp at NIU and then I’ll focus on my high school season,” Love said.

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