Jermaine Love, LB, 5'11, 220, 4.48, NORTH GARLAND, TEXAS:
You have your players who are good and then you have your players who are good because they really love to play the game. Jermaine Love loves playing the game of football and he plays with such a passion that he literally has made himself into one of the best linebacker prospects in the state of Texas.
Love was outstanding this past season finishing with 96 tackles, one sack and one interception in just seven games. Love missed three games due to injury, but he also rushed for 500 yards and six touchdowns at tailback. As a junior, Love made over 130 tackles, with 14 tackles for loss and nine sacks. But even he admits he needs to improve in a couple of areas.
"Everybody is in the spread and really throwing the ball to the outside. Trying to cover all that passing game lets me know my weaknesses. When I am challenged in the run game I smoke that, but when I am covering in the passing game it is more of a challenge for me. I am going to play outside linebacker at the next level and I look forward to that."
Jermaine is incredible in the weight room with a 385-pound bench and a squat of 550.
"I do my own workout since football is over. I am going to hit the weights hard and I am going to join the track team. I run the 4X200 (1st) and 4X100 (3rd), and I am going to long jump. I am putting together my own running workouts and I am going to get faster and quicker."
It is Love's drive to succeed on the field, plus his athletic skills that makes him such a special player.
"My speed to come off the edge and my awareness on the field," said Love of why he's so effective. "My instincts are good and I love this game. I play this game like Derrick Brooks and I have the heart of Ray Lewis. There is nothing better than being out on that football field."
Love has been offered by 40 different schools, but is now just looking at a few.
"Right now I am looking at Arkansas, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Texas Tech," said Love. "Oklahoma hasn't offered me yet, but if they do offer me I will get serious about them. I am still wide open as far as to where I want to go and I still have three visits that I can take. I have been Kansas State and Nebraska so far."
"I thought Nebraska was real nice," said Love. "I liked it a lot. Kansas State was small, but it was OK. There is nothing wrong with Kansas State. They have nice facilities. I am still considering both schools, but I don't have a favorite right now. My next visit will be to Arkansas next weekend. I am wide open for my last two visits."
Love is close to qualifying.
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