July 27, 2007

Nothing but Love for UA

Five-star Mountain Brook offensive lineman Tyler Love has been one of the most sought after tackles in the nation's this year. Love, 6-foot-7, 285-pounds, picked up over 40 offers before narrowing his list down to Alabama, Florida, FSU, Georgia and Oklahoma with the mammoth athlete making his college choice Friday during a press conference at his high school.

"It was a tough decision for me in one way because I had so many great offers and good relationships with other people but Alabama is where I wanted to be," Love said. "In my heart it was nothing but Alabama and it was that way the whole time. The new staff has built a lot of excitement around the program and they are going to rebuild Alabama and I can play a role in that. I like the direction they are going and I'm going to do my part to help them."

"Everything seemed to be great for me as far as fitting in there. When Andre (Smith) leaves I will have a chance to play at left tackle and that would give me enough time to be ready. Also, this is going to be a good class and I wanted to be part of that."

Love grew up an Alabama fan and that understanding of the tradition and proximity to home played a huge role in his decision.

"Alabama was my school when I was growing up. The football tradition is great. It just doesn't get any better than that. I've been there so many times that it is like a second home to me and I have a lot of friends there," Love said. "My parents went to school there and now they don't have that far of a drive to see me play in college. Also, I can get home when I need to. That didn't play too much of a factor but it's nice to be that close."

Tide defensive coordinator Kevin Steele recruited Love and he along with Joe Pendry have a good relationship with the Birmingham native.

"Coach Steele is a great recruiter. I felt at ease talking to him and we had a connection from the first time we met. He's a great guy and coach. He gets me excited about Alabama football," Love said. "With Coach Pendry he just has so much knowledge. He's been in almost every situation and I have learned so much in the short time I've known him. I'm looking forward to what he can teach me while I'm at Alabama."

Love is rated the nation's No. 27 overall prospect and 7th best offensive tackle. He boasts a 360-pound bench press and 26-inch vertical jump.

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