Terry Love Jr. Commits

Terry Love Jr. called Coach Barry Alvarez Friday to inform him he will commit to Wisconsin on Signing Day.

Terry Love Jr., considered one of the top wide receiver/defensive back prospects in the Midwest, has committed to Wisconsin. Love, a 5-11, 168-pounder from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Ill., chose the Badgers over Michigan State and Illinois, calling the UW staff to inform them of his decision on Friday.

The Spartans pulled out all the stops to land Love, including having Charles Rogers host him on his official visit, but the turmoil in East Lansing was a contributing factor to his decision.

Coach Cecil Ratliff, who was recently transferred to Proviso East's sister school, said Wisconsin has done a great job of recruiting Love.

"The number one factor was, he didn't want to play defense," Ratliff said. "Number two, he likes the atmosphere at Wisconsin."

The Badgers would like to take a look at Love on both sides of the ball.

Ratliff believes Love will follow in the footsteps of his father, who played for the Buffalo Bills before starting a high school coaching career.

"I'm looking for him to be in the NFL one day," Ratliff said. "He's like a Charlie Joyner type receiver. He runs good patterns, he comes back to the ball and he definitely can fly. He's a good receiver. There are some genetics in play there, but Terry is a very hard worker too."

Right now, Love's hard work is directed towards preparation for the ACT. He has not yet reached qualifying status, but is taking it again in December. If he doesn't pass it by December, he would have until next school year to pass it to be eligible for greyshirt status.

If he doesn't pass it at that point, he would be placed at a junior college for two years before arriving at Wisconsin.

"He hasn't thought about (not qualifying) yet," Ratliff said. "I think he's going to pass the test."

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