CB Julian Love
Measurables: 5-11, 175
School: La Grange (Ill.) Nazareth Academy
Rivals ranking: Four stars, No. 21 CB.
247Sports ranking: Three stars, No. 51 CB.
Notable numbers: Love tallied 92 tackles, 19 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble returned for a touchdown as a senior. He also rushed for 1,067 yards and 18 TDs and caught 29 passes for 662 yards and seven TDs.
First scholarship offer: Illinois.
Best advice I received through the recruiting process: Just have fun and don’t worry about offers.
One word to describe Brian Kelly: Intelligent.
The one thing I won’t miss about the recruiting process: Constant phone calls all night.
Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: The first game I went to when I was six years old.
My secret off-the-field talent: Acting.
Song on my iPod I’m embarrassed to tell people about: “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D & The Boyz featuring Aaron Hall.
Sports idol: Ray Lewis.
Preferred social media: Instagram.
Favorite football accomplishment: Winning state back-to-back in my junior and senior seasons.
Dream job (other than the NFL): Broadcaster for ESPN.
Defensive backs coach Todd Lyght on Love: "Julian Love, he was one of the very first recruits that I watched when I got here on film. He’s an unbelievable talent. Position versatility. He’s the type of corner who can play inside, outside. If you have to move him to safety, you can do that because he is so physical. He’s a really smart player with great football intelligence."
Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder on Love: "Julian, we’ll start him at corner. We’ll have to see if he’s an in-and-out corner, if he’s got abilities from the nickel position. Based on all the versatility that he had in high school, that’d indicate that he can. He lined up at linebacker at times in high school, so he’s a tough kid that tackles well. I would say, even expanding upon that, a lot of these guys give us a lot of flexibility in what they can do. That’s something I really look at with the players."
Audio: Notre Dame defensive backs coach Todd Lyght talks about the potential of his seven defensive back signees.