December 9, 2007

Love thrilled with UA visit

Mountain Brook offensive tackle Tyler Love headlines a strong group of offensive line prospects committed to Alabama for 2008 and the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Rivals100 member took his official visit to the Capstone this weekend.

"I went down Friday with my family. We got there Friday night and went out with the recruits and their parents. We had dinner with the coaches and that went real well. Everyone had a good time," Love said. "That night I hung out with most of the recruits. Devonta Bolden and I played football. Star Jackson was there hanging out too. We watched television and just got to know each other better. All of the committed guys already get along great but I got to know some of the other guys a lot better.

"Robert Quinn is a guy I liked a lot. He's always smiling and had a great time. He told me his top three were Alabama, Auburn and North Carolina. Chris Tolliver was nice too. He was having fun and Chris Jackson was quiet but I liked him. Julio (Jones) was with us a lot too. He doesn't say much because he's quiet but he did say he was having fun."

On Saturday, Love and the other visitors took a full tour of the UA campus for a look at the academic side of the program.

"Early Saturday was mostly the academic stuff. It was good for us to learn how things were going to be in the classroom once we got there. We met professors and deans for our majors and I learned a lot. They told us what was to be expected of us and the rewards we would get," Love said. "Saturday night was great because they took us to the stadium and we had a chance to put on an Alabama jersey and run out on the field. That has always been a dream of mine so it was special for me because I know that in a few months I will be doing it for real. It gave me goose bumps.

"For a lot of the other recruits it was their first time there like that and I could tell they were excited. Everyone had a great time and it had a big impact on us."

Like all the visiting recruits, Love got a chance to speak with Nick Saban about his future as a member of the Crimson Tide.

"Everyone had their one-on-one time with Coach Saban and mine was Saturday. I've always thought highly of him and our talk went well. He told me that this class was going to be the cornerstone for the future of Alabama football," Love said. "He said it will be known because it's full of leaders with character and that is what he wants his football team to be about. We've talked about the future there so many times but it's always great."

Love is rated a five-star prospect by Rivals and is ranked the No. 21 overall prospect in the nation. He is also the No. 6 ranked offensive tackle and the No. 2 overall player from the state of Alabama.

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