Super 30: Tonkawa's Jake Love a multi-sport talent
By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, email@example.com •
Published: June 19, 2010
/articleid/3469674/1/pictures/985414"> Tonkawa's Jake Love (27) breaks away from a pair of Stroud defenders during the Class A high school football state championship game between Tonkawa and Stroud at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009. Tonkawa won, 7-6. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
But the Jayhawks are more interested in his 123 tackles as a linebacker.
"He's on the field all the time for us. Probably 90 percent of the plays,” Kirtley said. "But he likes it that way. He doesn't like to sit.”
All three state schools were showing interest in Love before Kansas came through with an offer.
"All of the coaches were honest and told me about how they will run the program,” Love told Jayhawkslant.com after committing. "Me and my dad both liked the entire staff. My dad was excited about it and he wanted me to go there.”
At 195, Love will need to add some weight to be a Big 12 linebacker, but Kirtley doesn't expect that to be a problem.
"I'm sure Kansas will want to beef him up,” Kirtley said. "Wrestling really helped him as a linebacker. He plays with good leverage and can unload on you in a hurry. When he hits you, you know you've been hit.
"He likes the weight room. He's a natural athlete who works hard, too. That's a good combination.”