SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Corona (Calif.) Centennial’s Kentrell Love has become one of the fastest risers late in his senior season. The four-star cornerback recently earned a fourth star and moved into the Class of 2016 Scout 300 at No. 274.
The Washington commit also earned a pair of offers from the local Southern California schools, picking up potential scholarships to both USC and UCLA in the last month.
At 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, Love is a long, lanky corner that loves to come up and get physical at the line of scrimmage with wide receivers. According to Scout regional analyst Greg Biggins, Love is the most physical corner on the West Coast. His physicality lends him to be strong coming up to stop the run game as well.
He got an opportunity to showcase that ability against Concord De La Salle in California’s Open Division state championship on Saturday. Known for their elite rushing attack, De La Salle threw the ball just seven times, something Love said is difficult to go against, especially for a cornerback who wants to be involved in the action.
“It’s pretty tough because you have to stay focused,” Love said after Centennial lost, 28-21. “If you are not focused, then they will get you on that deep pass and that happened a couple of times tonight.”
De La Salle only completed three passes, but one was for a big first down that set up their first touchdown and another went 34 yards on a play-action pass for a wide-open touchdown
Love was trying to stay positive after the loss, but that was a tough task after the Huskies defense couldn’t hold a 21-14 lead and lost to De La Salle in the championship game for a second consecutive year.
“It’s very heartbreaking because we should have had this one. We just let it slip away from us.”
With his high school career over, Love now will turn his attention to playing at the next level.
“Right now, I’m just verbally committed to UDub, but my parents just want me to check it out and stay open to everything.”
Love said he plans to visit Washington officially on January 22, but didn’t know if he would be checking out UCLA or USC for an official visit.
“I’m not sure. I’ve been to a couple of the games. I might, but I’m not sure though.”
The Trojans are trying to get Love to campus before National Signing Day and he conceded that it is “definitely a possibility.”
“It’s close to home,” Love said of USC. “They’ve always been a great team. They get a lot of players out to the league, so it’s just very fortunate to have that offer.
“They don’t know who [the defensive backs coach] is going to be, but they told me to keep staying in touch with them, so we could make an official happen and they could get me there.”