Getting to know the players who will soon grace Nebraska’s sideline.
My school: Cardinal Mooney (Youngstown, Ohio).
Position: Middle linebacker and tight end.
Season review: Coming off a state championship in 2011, Cardinal Mooney struggled to a 3-6 record this season, and did not make the playoffs. Love had to sit out the final game of the season with an ankle injury.
Of note: It marks only the fifth time in 55 years that Mooney has not had a winning record. Love was a freshman when current Huskers Braylon Heard and Mark Pelini were seniors on an undefeated state championship team for Mooney.
Other sports: track and field.
The college life
Projected position at NU: linebacker.
First contact with the Huskers: “I’ve known Coach Bo (Pelini, a Cardinal Mooney grad,) and he’s been keeping an eye on me. The beginning of my junior season is when Nebraska offered me.”
Date committed: April 22, 2012.
The moment I knew I wanted to be a Husker … : “I thought I would go to Ohio State, and then I took a visit down to Nebraska and that’s when I changed my mind.”
If I wrote my recruiting profile
Mel Kiper would say: “Hard-hosed player that likes to fly around the field and can read offenses pretty good.”
Rivals.com says three stars: “I think they were missing two (stars). I feel like I should be the highest I could possibly be. I’m a finalist for the Butkus Award for high school, and there are only 12 of us in the country right now.”
On graduating from high school early to enroll at Nebraska in January: “Just to get a head start on my education, as well as getting an early start on football and take advantage of that time to get acclimated to college.”
Highlight game: Love had 20 tackles in a 27-21 win against Erie McDowell on Oct. 12.
— Brent C. Wagner