Terry Love Jr. Decommits

The Badgers' recruiting class has been dealt another severe blow, with the decommitment of Terry Love Jr., who is headed to Michigan State.

It didn't take long for the string of Badger recruiting bad news to continue, even with the commitment of Fort Worth Dunbar tailback Michael Turner Monday morning.

Terry Love Jr., the 5-11, 168-pound wide receiver from Proviso East High School in Maywood (Ill.) has decommited from Wisconsin, pledging a commitment to Michigan State.

"It was a change of heart," Love Jr. said. "I kind of got to know the system that Michigan State changed to, as far as throwing the ball more. Also, Michigan State is losing a couple of key receivers so they are going to need somebody to step in."

The Spartans have been hot on the trail of Love Jr., not hesitating for a second to continue to woo the blue-chipper when he committed to Wisconsin last November. The new Michigan State coaching staff convinced Love Jr. he could make a much bigger impact in its program than at Wisconsin.

"I know my chances of getting on the field might be a lot better at Michigan State than Wisconsin," Love Jr. said.

The Wisconsin coaching staff, which was rocked last week by the decommitment of Albert Young to Iowa, couldn't believe the news. The Badger staff has made a tremendous investment in Love Jr., doing everything it can to walk him through the process of becoming academically eligible.

Partially due to the encouragement and direction of UW Coach Brian Murphy, Love Jr. is now set to qualify academically and will see the field next season. But he will do so in a Spartan uniform.

"They took it rough," Love Jr. said. "They were shocked. It really took them a while to understand my reasons for it. They wished me the best of luck, whatever I choose, but I know they were a little disappointed."

Love Jr. said there was a zero percent chance of him changing his mind again.

"This is final. I'm not switching any more. I feel very comfortable with the decision I made, and I don't think I have any regrets on it," Love Jr. said.

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