This fall, Chris Love will join the East Carolina football program as an invited walk-on.
Love said he is ready for the next level. He could play either cornerback, running back or slot receiver for the Pirates.
“I see East Carolina as a big opportunity," he said. "It feels great. I feel like I’m faster and stronger than I've ever been. I don’t have a position preference. I just want to play wherever I can help the team.”
The coaching staff played a big role in his decision.
“I talked to Coach (Dave) Nichol the most throughout the recruiting process – and Coach (Ruffin) McNeill, too,” said the 5-foot-11, 177-pound Love. “I like all the coaches – they’re all very cool.”
What type of player are the Pirates getting in Love?
“I feel like they’re getting a hardworking, determined player that is going out to prove something to everybody,” he said.
“My main things are speed and quickness. I also have good power and vision. I don’t mind hitting or getting hit, and I’m also a smart player.”
Overall, Love felt East Carolina was the best place for him.
“It’s a great academic school,” said Love. “I’m undecided on my major, but I like their business and medical programs.”
“I’m very excited. Greenville is a college town and the community is all built around the school and the football program. That excites me, and I've always wanted to go to a school like that.”
Last season, Love had 109 carries for 725 yards and 10 touchdowns.