Bryce Love to Stanford: Cardinal Land 4-Star RB Prospect

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2015

Per 247 Sports

Running back Bryce Love is one of the fastest recruits in the country, and he will bring his blazing speed to Stanford after committing today, per Rivals.com's Adam Friedman.

Love is a 4-star prospect from Wake Forest, North Carolina, and 247Sports rates him as the No. 233 overall recruit and sixth-best all-purpose back in the nation.

While Love can do a little bit of everything, there is no question that his jets represent his greatest asset. He runs the 40-yard dash as fast as almost anyone and compares favorably to current Cincinnati Bengals star Giovani Bernard to boot, according to Ross Martin of 247Sports:

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Love is certainly an eye-catching prospect, which is why so many teams were hoping to land him.

Per Chad Simmons of Scout.com, he already had in excess of 20 offers in the early stages of 2014:

Ross Martin @RossMartin_IC

With 4.3 second 40 speed, Bryce Love is UNC's top 2015 RB target. Think Gio Bernard. http://t.co/EzhdYwXWON (FREE) http://t.co/441ECNXX7k

Chad Simmons @ChadSimmons_

#Florida is the latest school to offer speed back Bryce Love. Over 20 offers. Big visits coming this spring/summer. @Blovee_23 #Gators

The interest only grew from that point forward with Tennessee, Stanford, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, East Carolina and NC State emerging as the top options, according to 247Sports.

Despite having such a varied list of suitors, Love was still very much undecided in early January, per Tim Stevens of the News & Observer.

"All of them are about even right now," Love said.

Love was eventually able to sift through the offers and settle on a final choice. He certainly can't be faulted for taking as long as he did since the running back position is often difficult to gauge at the collegiate level in terms of playing time.

Many schools carry large stables of rushers, and it can be tough to break into the rotation.

Love has an advantage, though, since he possesses speed that few others can match. He is a true change-of-pace guy who will undoubtedly be a weapon.

With that said, it is fair to question if he can be a bell-cow back in college. He is very slight for his position at just 5'10" and 180 pounds, according to 247Sports.

He figures to take a beating, and it is unknown if he has the mass needed to remain durable.

Love may very well view that as a challenge, though, and his high school track record suggests that he is up to it.

No matter how Love is ultimately utilized, he is a rare talent who will keep opposing defenses on their heels.

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