Big Orange not slowing pursuit of Love

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Bryce Love likens his game to "Percy Harvin mixed with a more powerful running back"

If that holds true and the running back develops with age…look out.

Between his production at Wake Forest (N.C.) High School that saw him run for 1,973 yards (11 per carry) and 26 touchdowns and the testing numbers he's put up over the past two months, it's easy to see why the Tennessee staff covets Love.

The 5-foot-10, 177-pounder was not able to partake in the SPARQ testing at the Charlotte NIKE Football Training Camp several weeks ago due to a weather-caused cancellation. He and other top backs were still able to do drillwork and showcase some of their skills.

"I definitely feel like I came in and competed," Love said. "There was some real good competition."

No prospect in Charlotte that rainy day earned an invite to the prestigious July event in Beaverton, Ore., known as The Opening. So, the Rolesville, N.C., resident waited, continued training and made the trek up to Washington, D.C., for another NFTC.

The drive and effort paid off as Love earned the camp's most valuable player award for running backs, clocking a blazing 40-yard dash time of 4.30 seconds. Combined with his two-camp showing and a SPARQ score of 122,43, Love got his coveted invite to The Opening and will get the opportunity to measure his talent up against 161 of the nation's best.

The Scout four-star prospect tripped to Rocky Top earlier this spring for a junior day. Another visit is on the horizon: "Definitely, definitely, yes sir."

His most recent visit was a lengthy trip west to check out Stanford and the Cardinal finds itself right in the thick of things to land the Tar Heel State's third-rated back.

He has multiple reasons for keeping an eye on Tennessee.

"Definitely just the family, the SEC, the facilities, just everything," Love said.

Spearheading the effort to land Love is Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie.

"(Gillespie)'s a real good dude. I really like him. He knows what he's talking about," said Love, who wears No. 22 on Friday nights because his brother wore No. 21 and he wants to "get right next to him."

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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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