Jones' vision surprises Love

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Finding a top-notch running back in the 2015 signing class is a priority for Tennessee. One of the main targets on the board is Bryce Love.

The Wake Forest (N.C.) High School standout made the trip west to for a junior day in Knoxville on Saturday, getting a full tour of the campus, facilities and watching the Volunteers take part in their second practice of the spring.

"It was good," Love said. "I really liked the camps. It's a real beautiful place. just the opportunity to come here, it was real special.

"I feel like the only place this program can go is up. They had this really strong signing class last year. So, yeah, I definitely feel like the only way they can go is up."

The vision of second-year head coach Butch Jones together with the relationship with running backs coach Robert Gillespie have Tennessee in the hunt for the Scout four-star prospect.

"I knew coach Jones had done a lot to the program," Love said. "I knew the campus was real nice. I knew a lot of players came back, but I didn't expect it to be this obvious the changes that coach Jones has done. People on his staff, coach Gillespie, it's just real meeting him."

Love has scholarship offers from over 20 universities. It will be a fight for programs to be in the thick of the race for the runner.

"I think a lot of them," he said of Tennessee. "It's definitely a real nice place.

"They're right up there. Still have got a couple of places to go to."

"Academic portion. The family aspect is really high out here. The coaches have good interaction with each other. Coach Jones, he really cares about his kids and that's obvious in talking to him and seeing him in practice."

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Taking in the workout on Rocky Top showed how practices are run can vary program to program.

"It's definitely different," the No. 39 running back in the nation said. "I'd never heard…especially with a head coach getting on the mic. Everybody can hear you so you can't go hide anywhere— no giving up on plays or anything like that. So, yeah that was something new."

Love, who plans to enroll in college in January, has an idea on a declaration timetable.

"Maybe towards the end of football season, maybe towards the middle or before playoffs."

The back says he also already checked out the top programs in the Tar Heel State as well as Clemson, Georgia and South Carolina. He'd like to get to Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and maybe Auburn.

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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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