Recruiting: Will Love be in the air for WSU?

ON MONDAY NIGHT, defensive back Isaiah Love is set to announce his college decision. The three-star prospect out of West Covina, Calif., has trimmed his list down to four finalists, including a pair of Pac-12 schools. And one of those schools is Washington State. Where do the Cougs stand with Love heading into his decision? Cougfan.com spoke with him to find out.

And then there were four.

That’s the case for Love, who will be announcing his college decision in 72 hours.

“Right now, I’m considering Washington State, Colorado, San Diego State and Fresno State,” Love said. “Those are my final four schools. I’ve built a good relationship with each program. This is a tough decision for me.”

In addition to those four schools, the 5-11, 170-pounder also picked up offers from San Jose State and UNLV.

WHEN IT COMES TO WSU, area recruiter Ken Wilson, who coaches the inside linebackers on Leach’s staff, runs the point on Love’s recruitment.

“Washington State offered me three weeks ago and I’ve been doing a lot of research on them since,” Love said. “I’ve been talking a lot with Coach Wilson and he’s been telling me how they’re in the process of rebuilding the program.

“The thing I like as well is that he said they’re rebuilding their defensive backs. They’ll be a lot this year with some of their incoming players, but they’re still working on things.”

One thing that also helps WSU chances is their respected school of business, which is what Love is hoping to study in college.

“Academics is the most important thing to me,” Love said. “For me, education comes first and then football comes after that. I want to study business and WSU has a great program for that. I really like that they have high graduations rates as well.”

LOVE IS YET TO visit any of the schools in his final four, but said he still feels comfortable enough to make his decision.

“I’ve been doing a lot of research,” Love said. “With Washington State, I like that their defense is pumped up when they play. They have a lot of energy. It’s a great environment up there and it’s something I’d like to be a part of.”

Although he’s committing to a school on Monday, Love said he still intends on keeping his options open.

“I’ll be taking official visits to Colorado and Washington State,” Love said. “I’m also planning on taking visits to Washington and Cal. Those two schools haven’t offered yet, but I’m pretty interested in both of those schools as well.”

Love was impressive on the 7v7 circuit, as well playing for a loaded BBT squad, Scout.com's Greg reported back in the spring.

"He has tremendous physical tools that translate well to the next level and has a very nice upside to him," said Biggins.

Notable Note:
Love was in a serious car accident earlier this summer and suffered a fractured bone near his spine. In addition, he also tore two ligaments in that area. Because of this injury, he will miss the start of his senior season. However, he told CF.C he’s feeling a lot better and started lifting weights a few weeks ago. He begins his full rehab early next month.


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