Feeling The Love

Notre Dame didn't even know who Jordan Love was this summer.

That was until Michael Campanaro and his family invited the Gilman School standout to attend Notre Dame's summer camp in South Bend with them over the summer.

After one workout, Jordan Love said he and Campanaro were told by the Irish coaching staff that they were two of their favorite recruits in the class of 2009.

"After I was done working out, they said me and Mike didn't have to do anymore because they said we impressed them, and we didn't have to come to the second part of the workout," Love explained.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Baltimore, Md. product worked out as a receiver that day, but is being recruited by Notre Dame as an athlete.

"They got all my information, and they were telling me I have tickets to any home game," Love said. "The first day of school, they sent me a list of all the games.

Love has been showered with attention from Notre Dame since. Wake Forest and Boston College have also been showing a lot of interest. Penn State, Pittsburgh and Florida have also been expressing some love.

If Love performed as well as he did at Notre Dame, as he did at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio, Texas, last week, it's easy to see why these major programs are interested.

"I did pretty good," Love stated. He is still waiting for his first scholarship offer, and thinks that Wake Forest is close to extending one. "I ran one of the fastest 40 times (4.49) and the fastest shuttle (4.17). I broke the combine record in the vertical leap. It was 40 inches, and I jumped 40.5.

"I worked out at corner. I did good. Only a couple people caught balls. I went up about 11 or 12 times, and only two people caught balls on me."

Irish assistant coach Ron Powlus is recruiting Love, and Notre Dame has been flooding his mailbox.

"They've been writing me constantly. I've gotten a couple hand written letters. Over the holidays, they send happy New Years cards, Thanksgiving cards, and Christmas cards, and all the coaches sign them."

Love has a few of those cards floating around his bedroom, and framed one of them, where it hangs up in the weight room in his basement. Powlus also came by the school, where former Notre Dame players Victor Abiamiri and Ambrose Wooden played their high school ball.

Wooden was actually at the school on Wednesday.

"He was just saying he was going to keep an eye on me and see how I do," Love said. "He gave me his number and told me to call him if I needed any advice. I didn't have much time to talk to him."

Love wasn't sure of his stats this past fall, but he played running back, receiver and cornerback. He reports a 2.7 GPA, a 235-pound bench press, and a 450-pound squat.

"More like a raw talent," Love described of his receiver play. "My routes aren't that good, but when the ball is in the air I'm competitive, I can just get it.

"I'm a hitter," he said when asked about his style as a defensive back.

Other than Notre Dame, Love has been on the campuses of Rutgers, Wake Forest and Boston College.

"Out of all the schools I've visited, they had the best facilities I've seen," Love said of Notre Dame. "It was really nice. I really liked it a lot. Going into the locker-room, going on the field, talking to some of the players, and I really liked the Gug."

With that, Love lists Notre Dame, the Eagles and Demon Deacons has his three favorites in no particular order. He'd like to make a college decision before the start of his senior season.

Love's father Lawrence is a Southern Illinois graduate, and played for the Seattle Seahawks when they were an expansion team in the NFL.

Love grew up in Chicago, and moved when he was seven. Having a lot of family back in the Midwest is one of the reasons why Love is high on Notre Dame.

"They have real nice facilities, and the people there and the coaches there are really nice," Love explained.

Love plans to make his next trip out for a junior day. He will also attend Wake Forest's junior day, and an upcoming Nike combine.

After that, quite possibly, another program will be enlightened on how talented Love is.

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