August 28, 2009

Love set for strong senior year

Of all of Alabama's committed prospects for the class of 2010, none are more excited about joining the Crimson Tide than Mountain Brook defensive end Wilson Love. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound pass rusher will fulfill a lifelong dream next fall when he follows in the footsteps of his brother Tyler Love by suiting up for the Tide.

"I've been to every home game in Tuscaloosa since I was a little kid," said Love. "I went to every game last season with my family to watch Tyler, home and away. We even went to the bowl game. I hope to do the same thing this year. I plan on being at every game, including the Virginia Tech game in Atlanta. I couldn't be more excited about not only getting an opportunity to play at Alabama but getting a scholarship as well. It's almost too good to be true."

Love, who is rated the No. 42 strongside defensive end by Rivals.com, will play multiple roles for Mountain Brook this season, lining up on both sides of the ball.

"On first and second down, I line up at nose guard for us and on third down they move me outside so I can utilize my speed a little more," Love said. "They also use me as a tight end in goal line sets as well. Alabama has mostly talked to me about defensive end but Coach (Bobby) Williams has talked to me about playing tight end as well. Coach Sal (Sunseri) wants me for defense but ultimately it will be up to Coach Saban. I'm willing to go wherever they want me to be. I'm just thrilled to even be a part of the team."

Love's role as a leader for the Mountain Brook defense will be crucial to his team's success this season as the squad looks to rebuild on offense.

"We lost our quarterback and most of the offense in general so it's kind of a question mark heading into the year. We know the defense will have to carry us early on until the offense falls into place so I'm going to be focused on making big plays on defense and helping to set us up for success."

Once the season is complete, Love says he plans on placing all his focus on preparing for his career at Alabama, both academically and athletically.

"Once the season is done, I don't have any other commitments outside of school. I am going to be focused on closing out strong in the classroom and working out, improving my speed and strength so I can head into the summer in good shape. I'm just so excited about my future at Alabama it's hard to express in words. I'm looking forward to working hard and trying my best to help my team win a national championship."

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