Love Shines in San Antonio

Love Shines in San Antonio

Each year, very few sophomores are invited to the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio, Texas. Not only was the Wake Forest (N.C.) Wake Forest-Rolesville running back Bryce Love invited, but the 2015 prospect excelled.

Last Friday, hundreds of underclassman prospects were in San Antonio for the U.S. Army National Combine.

2015 running back Bryce Love performed extremely well at the event.

"It was a very good experience being able to compete with the best in the junior class and some very good sophomores," said Love.

"I'm very glad I went. If I could do it over, I would do it again."

The Wake Forest-Rolesville standout said the event was also a good learning experience.

"I learned that you have be a lot more than just fast," he said. "You have good technique and other things."

Love felt good about his performance. The sophomore posted some very impressive numbers.

"I felt like I did pretty well," said Love. "I think I did the best in the drills and the one-on-ones."

"I bench-pressed 185 (pounds) 20 times, ran a 4.4 electronic-timed (40-yard dash), 4.2 shuttle, and had a 37 1/2-inch vertical (jump)."

He enjoyed the speakers at the combine.

"I really liked when they brought in the NFL players. Anthony Munoz, Marcus Allen, and a couple other players were there," he said. "They talked about their experiences and what it takes to make it."

"It showed me that I have to work a lot harder than I am to keep pursuing your dream – even if someone tells you that you can't do it."

While Love is happy to be back in North Carolina, do not look for him to slow down.

"We start track workouts pretty soon and I still go to the APC (Athletic Performance Center) every Monday and Thursday," he said. "Also, spring football workouts will start in a few months."

The sophomore has also started to focus on his recruitment. He already has a scholarship offer from Duke. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back is attracting interest from Arizona, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State, UCLA, Penn State, and Stanford. Recently, he was able to visit one of those schools.

"I went to an N.C. State practice about a week before the dead period," Love said. "I met Coach (Dave) Doeren and got to talk to him. He said if we came back during the spring that it would be a lot more up-tempo and a lot more fast-paced."

"He seemed like a pretty good guy," Love said. He looked like he was really happy and ready to get started."

Love will also take some more trips over the next several months.

"I think I'm going to some junior days," he said. "I'm also going to try to go to a few local camps and probably one at South Carolina."

The speedster helped lead his team to a 9-3 record last season and feels good about this fall.

"We have a few people coming back and we are still building, but hopefully I can have more breakout games," Love said. "I also know I will have to be more of a leader."

Love ran for 1,043 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He also averaged 9 yards per carry.

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