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Friday, May 7, 2010

LB Love commits to KU

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The Kansas University football program has landed another commitment from the Class of 2011.

According to Rivals.com, linebacker Jake Love, a junior from Tonkawa, Okla., has orally committed to Kansas.

Love, 6-foot, 195 pounds, who was in Lawrence for the April 24 spring game, told Rivals that he liked everything about his visit. He received a scholarship offer before leaving town.

“I enjoyed all of the coaches and had a great time,” Love told Rivals. “The facilities were nice and the campus was pretty. We had a great time and I was excited to get an offer.”

Though his first priority is football, Love is a well-rounded athlete. This winter he won an Oklahoma state wrestling title at 189 pounds. He also runs the mile and the sprint medley for the Tonkawa High track team.

Love becomes the third player in the Class of 2011 to commit to KU, joining running backs Darrian Miller, of Blue Springs, Mo., and Dreamius Smith, of Wichita Heights.

Comments

Mike Kendall 9 years, 9 months ago

Looks like a good class for 2011, so far. Welcome to Jayhawk Nation, Jake!

Richard Fischer 9 years, 9 months ago

"a 6 foot 195 linebacker pfffffft!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

A 6 foot 220 lb safety that is fast and hits like a linebacker! HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

KGphoto 9 years, 9 months ago

Dude is 17. In two years he'll be 220.

That's a heavyweight wrestler, and a sure as hell tackler!

Dirk Medema 9 years, 9 months ago

The guy also wrestles and runs track. I'm guessing that he guns the mile relay, more commonly referred to these days as the 4x400. If he is actually even a semi-serious miler, then he'll have phenomonal base conditioning and will add a ton of weight in no time.

He also played RB and went for 2,856 yards with a state-best 46 TD's last season on 262 carries (10+ YPC!). He's also already Honorable Mention All-State after 123 tackles on defense.

He doesn't have all the accolades that some others have, but sounds like he has plenty of natural ability that will develop well at a position where we need lots of help.

kvskubball 9 years, 9 months ago

How about the all-name team? Dreamious!!!

Jeremy LeMaster 9 years, 9 months ago

Speed my friend, speed. If he isn't big enough by the time playing time comes around for him I could see him being a strong safety.

kvskubball 9 years, 9 months ago

Exactly! Or, redshirt him and he'll be 220 before you know it!

Clarence Haynes 9 years, 9 months ago

Agree TaCityHawkFan. According to JayhawkSlant, he has 4.52 speed. In on lots of tackles!

Dirk Medema 9 years, 9 months ago

Didn't see the 4.52 listing, but great to hear.

Kevin Studer 9 years, 9 months ago

He was state champion wrestler at 189 pounds in Oklahoma, and is 195 now. I'm assuming that means he has been keeping his weight down for wrestling purposes, not wanting to wrestle in the 275 pound class. That being the case, putting weight on shouldn't be too much of a concern.

Paul Brozik 9 years, 9 months ago

Its also hard to put on weight when you run the mile in track. Someone needs to tell this kid his future is football now. Ditch the distance running and work on SPEED!

JJHAWK 9 years, 9 months ago

Big & slow . . . . or Small & Fast.

Best of course is Big & fast. Lacking that, I think Gill has said increasing team speed is a priority. Remember: Speed kills

Rock Chalk Jayhawk

Dyrk Dugan 9 years, 9 months ago

welcome Mr. Love! sounds like a smaller, but quicker version of Russell Brorsen, who played DE and was also a state champ wrestler from OK.

it's good to see us get some commitments early....Mr. Gill is living up to his word about recruit, recruit and recruit. Go Jayhawks!

Jaminrawk 9 years, 9 months ago

People need to stop assuming that what he is now as a JUNIOR is what he will be when he plays at Kansas. He obviously a very good athlete and the coaching staff likes him enough to offer him a scholarship. That's pretty much all you need to know.

troutsee 9 years, 9 months ago

This kid has many talents and you don't win state wrestling championships without a lot of DESIRE. This is a huge "get." Congratulations Mr. Love and congratulations to the KU coaching staff.

Kevin Studer 9 years, 9 months ago

Jake Laptad, James Holt, and Jeff Spikes were all plucked from Oklahoma, and I'd say there was a little bit of football talent there, wouldn't you? There are always over- and under-rated prospects. Its an inexact science.

Gary Denning 9 years, 9 months ago

Spikes not from OK. He is from OH.

From Phognet roster info:

74 Jeff Spikes OL 6-6 314 SO Painesville, OH (Harvey HS)

Rivethead 9 years, 9 months ago

Derek Fine. Marcus Henry. Both prime examples of under-the-radar kids from Oklahoma.

Nathan Anderson 9 years, 9 months ago

Uh, he's just a junior in HS guys. Plenty of HS linebackers come in under 200 lbs. Sean Weatherspoon's recruit profile on rivals has him listed at 6'1" 195#. He ended up 6'2" 245#.

Rivethead 9 years, 9 months ago

Dakota Lewis isn't a Jr. in High School and likely to grow another couple of inches like this kid.

okiedave 9 years, 9 months ago

Glad to see an Okie that has some common sense. Give the guy some Love.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 9 months ago

Nice link, and great hit. He almost took the handoff from the QB!

AZHawk81 9 years, 9 months ago

Posters are already hating on the kid and he is just a junior in high school. Give the kid some time. Also, the kid simply orally committed. If his ceiling is that high OU will come calling. However, it is always good to remember that there have many good players from Texas and Oklahoma who have played for teams outside those two states.

OCJHAWK 9 years, 9 months ago

I don't see anyone hating on Love here. If he grows 2 inches this year, OU will not let him leave the state I am sorry to say. I hope we can get to the point in the next few years I can say the same about KS studs.

KCHawk81 9 years, 9 months ago

Is the Terry Allen line supposed to be a dig at Coach Gill? Consider that Terry Allen:

never played football for Dr. Tom Osbourne. was never subsequently hired by Dr. Tom Osbourne. has never lead The Worst program in D1 football to a conference title.

Turner Gill could not make the same claims. I'm willing to align my confidence with those who know a lot more about the game than I do.

okiedave 9 years, 9 months ago

OCJHAWK -- O.U. already has 12 commitments (almost 1/2 of their recruiting goal) for the 2011 year) and if tradition holds, they will have their 26-28 scholoarship commitments in place by October. Don't think Love is on their radar and hoping Love will make OU wonder why they missed this kid.

Roy Scherff 9 years, 9 months ago

They call it desire. This chap has it. KU coaching/recruiting staff knows it.

JBurtin 9 years, 9 months ago

OU is going to get on the early bloomers that are already 230 lbs in high school.

I was a middle and high school wrestler myself and can tell you firsthand that keeping your weight as low as possible is key to not having to wrestle gorillas that are twice as strong as you. His wrestling has kept him off the radars of some big time programs, but he's certainly got big time speed. Give him a redshirt year in the training rooms and he'll be up to playing weight. Further, the workouts he'll be doing here will focus on explosiveness rather than endurance, so he'll likely get even faster.

This is what I love about the big time programs recruiting so early. Early bloomers can certainly contribute earlier in their careers, but it doesn't necessarily mean that their ceiling is any higher, and sometimes these kids will have huge growth spurts their senior year and even surpass the early bloomers.

If the coaches have evaluated him and found him to have the skills we're looking for then I'm all for it. Our DC and linebackers coach (Torbush) has put many, many linebackers into the NFL. If anyone on this board was truly better at evaluating young linebackers than Torbush then he/she would be out making hundreds of thousands of dollars as a coach. Instead these idiots decide to show their ignorance by immediately judging a recruit based on nothing more than height and weight.

Welcome to the team Mr. Love.

Randy Bombardier 9 years, 9 months ago

Wow, I think this is a very good catch. Even at 6' this is a catch. That is not short by any means. Agree that as a wrestler his weight is already unnaturally low by 15-20 pounds. He already has a linebacker frame. My guess is that he will end up being too big for strong safety. Would also like to see him stress sprinting instead of distance running. Different kind of muscle. Wrestlers love contact and he will be a great linebacker. They know how to takedown, they go all out in practice. Usually graplers are too short for football. This is good, real good. Mark my words, this kid is going to be one of the best linebackers coming out of KU. These small town kids are not given enough credit. Watch Tharp this year.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 9 months ago

It might be a minor typo - it could be the sprint medley and mile relay, in which case his longest would be a quarter mile.

Edward Daub 9 years, 9 months ago

Love better love to hit! Physical laws still dictate that momentum = mass x velocity , even down in Tonkawa. I will put my faith in Turner Gill. Why? We both spent time living in Buffalo, New York.

justinryman 9 years, 9 months ago

Training for track is a great way to teach speed and endurance. Wrestling will give the kid grit and his football with only get better as he is coached up. What's wrong with playing mulitple sports in HS? It has been shown in a lot of test it cuts down on injuries. The body adapts better when it plays different sports and that way there aren't any stress injuries from the body doing the same thing over and over. It dosen't matter what size of school the kid comes from, if he's playing both ways now, jsut think of all the energy he can put forth just as a LB??????? Plus he will learn a lot fro DC Torbush and can spend all his time in practice at one postion. I like this commit, by Love, and from the KU staff for going out and getting him early!!!!

tical523 9 years, 9 months ago

Why are people so negative on the kid, he may not be an eye-popping NFL talent, but from his physical and football stats he seems to be a stud. Too much emphasis on height when speed is king, shorter linebackers can get their shoulders low through holes and he will surely gain lots of weight when wrestling is out of his life and Division 1 weight trainers and dietitians are in his life. I bet he ends up being a first team all state player who stays loyal to his commitment. Glad he chose Kansas.

Jack Joiner 9 years, 9 months ago

I was at the Oklahoma 1A/2A State Track cahmpionships and Jake Love won the Long Jump, and finished 8th in the 100 mtr dash and competed in the high jump. I have not seen him play FB, but he has a reputation of great power and quickness. Tonkawa turns out good athletes year after year.

Jack Joiner 9 years, 9 months ago

You might need to get used to names of kids from Oklahoma who has the name Jake. Jake Love, Jake Laptad and another Jake is on the Hawks radar screen from Oklahoma.

Jack Joiner 9 years, 9 months ago

I just wonder where Matt Tait got his info that Jake ran the mile and sprint Medely. Okla doesn't run a sprint medeley.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 9 months ago

Frankly, I'm just impressed with the number and zeal of the posters on this relatively minor piece of Kansas Football news. Considering that this kid probably won't play for KU for two more years [ Senior Year and RS Frosh], I really see some grassroots fanbase hope for the future of our program.

Heck, I don't think I've posted for specifically KU football in the spring.....ever!!!

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