Coach Spotlight: Wilson Love

Mountain Brook (Ala.) High School Head Coach Chris Yeager has now coached a Love brother on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Offensive line stalwart, Tyler Love, who became a big part of Alabama's highly exalted class of '08, was first. Two years later, Tyler's younger brother, Wilson, is reeking havoc on the defensive front for Yeager's Spartans.



After an 11-2 campaign last season (both losses coming to area rival Hoover), Love looks to anchor the Spartan defense which only returns six starters from last years team.

"The biggest thing that's impressed me about Wilson is the darn faith he's had in developing his talent," said Coach Yeager. "He's got a ton of potential, and he's an extremely hard worker, but also factor in accountability."

"Wilson challenges his teammates around him to develop to their full potential as well and that's real leadership."

The big defensive lineman stands 6-foot-4, and weights 270 lbs.

"There's a big upside to Wilson athletically, but he's been working on the intangibles of his game ever since he was a sophomore," said Yeager. "We use him inside on the line in run situations, and on the edge in passing situations to try and get him 1-1 against the tackle."

"He's tenacious and has a mean-streak in him, but I mean that in a good way. When he was a sophomore he used to get into fights with Tyler out there, and he'd win about half of those battles."

Love recorded 101 tackles (nine tackles for a loss), and had six sacks as a junior. He was named First Team All-Metro, First Team 'All Over the Mountain' and Honorable Mention All-State.

"I've had players who commit to schools early, like Wilson did, and then they tend to lose motivation," Yeager said. "It seems like it was the best thing for him, like a huge burden was lifted and ever since his commitment he's been all about Mountain Brook football. That speaks a lot about his maturity level."

Off the field Yeager calls Wilson Love a "fantastic student."

Yeager says, "Wilson's probably changed more and matured more than any player I've had. He's been all-business in focusing on becoming the best player he can be."

The Mountain Brook Spartans will play a pre-season game against the Minor Tigers, then open their regular season with a game against Thompson, from nearby Alabaster, Ala.

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