Nebraska got a big piece for its 2013 recruiting class when linebacker Courtney Love committed to NU.
For the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney star, “it feels like home.” And why shouldn’t it? Head coach Bo Pelini and offensive coordinator Tim Beck are from Mooney, not to mention current players Tim Marlowe and Mark Pelini.
“My family loves it there,” Love told 247Sports. “I really liked the facilities, the academics and the people there are unbelievable.”
After a junior season in which he had 137 tackles, eight sacks and four forced fumbles, Love had NU and Ohio State as his finalists. He canceled a trip to OSU’s spring game after his commitment.
“I feel like I have a great opportunity of starting early and getting playing time at Nebraska,” Love said. “Nothing is promised, but I just felt when I was there it was the best opportunity for me. I still want to thank Coach (Urban) Meyer and Coach (Luke) Fickell and Coach (Ed) Warriner and the whole Ohio State organization for their interest in me. They’re very nice people but I just feel like Nebraska is where I fit in.”
Love has had an explosive two years starting in Mooney’s defense. He had 130 tackles in 2011, and finished with 110 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and nine sacks in 2012. He was first-team all-state in Ohio, a bright spot for an otherwise rebuilding squad that finished 3-6. Love committed last April to Nebraska over Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and USC, and never wavered from it, although he wondered whether he’d enroll early at NU
He enrolled at Nebraska in for the spring semester of 2013.
Our take: The few highlight films of Love that exist show a linebacker wise beyond his years, playing the position like a veteran. While not the fastest, he diagnoses plays quickly, doesn’t take false steps and attacks blockers while keeping one arm free for the tackle. He doesn’t get fooled or out of position on play-action fakes and he tracks well to the ball. Love attracted an impressive offer list for a reason: He can stop the power run. He will push Michael Rose and Trevor Roach right away at middle linebacker.
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