From the day Urban Meyer took over the Ohio State football program, one of his main priorities has been to add more speed to the Ohio State offense. He came through with Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, Ezekiel Elliott and James Clark in 2013 and added Curtis Samuel, Parris Campbell, and Terry McLaurin in the most recent class.
Rest assured, Meyer and his staff will look to add a couple of more speedsters in the 2015 recruiting cycle, with one of their top targets being Wake Forest (NC) Rolesville running back Bryce Love, who has clocked a 4.30 40-yard dash time, which is good for one of, if not the best times in his class.
The 5'9, 180-pound speedster received many visits from college coaches before the contact period came to an end about a week ago.
"Mostly in-state schools came to visit me," Love said. "Then Ohio State came, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, and Stanford stopped by as well."
Ohio State's representative at Love's high school was running backs coach Stan Drayton, who had a talk with Love's coach and said he would be communicating with the standout running back more often from this point forward in his recruitment.
"Well you know Coach (Stan) Drayton said he hasn't been contacting me as much as he should, but he said he would be talking to me more from now on."
Love is a big fan of the spread offense that he would play in if he decided to play his college football in Columbus for the Buckeyes.
"The spread can really open up the opposing defense and gives some options as to how you can be used," he said. "With speed, you can really succeed in the spread."
He was in attendance to watch Ohio State stomp Penn State last October and really liked what he saw on his trip to Columbus.
"You know, it was real good," Love told Land-Grant Holy Land. "I really liked the atmosphere there and the tradition is awesome."
It's still relatively early in the recruiting process for Love, as we're just a little under a year from National Signing Day 2015, but there are a couple of schools he has had the most contact with to this point.
"Tennessee, they send me a lot of mail like every day," Love said. "Then North Carolina, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, and East Carolina. Those are the main schools I hear from."
Even though he's hearing from some schools more than other right now, there are no schools standing out to the star running back.
"I'm just weighing things right now," he said. "A few more offers are going to come in, so I'm just weighing things"
While no schools stand out, Love does have an idea of when he'd like to make a decision and wrap up the recruiting process.
"During the summer, I'll narrow my list down," Love told Land-Grant Holy Land. "Then I'll decide sometime during or after my senior season."
There are a couple of schools he'd like to see for the first time or check out again before finalizing his college decision over the next year.
"Stanford, Ohio State definitely, Tennessee, and all the schools I really haven't gotten to see yet," Love stated.
When Love sits down to make his college decision sometime down the road, there are a couple of major factors that will go into the decision.
"Location, education, the people, coaches, and stuff like that," Love said.
Love rushed for 1,973 yards and 30 touchdowns in his junior season, leading his team to the state championship. More impressively, he reports a 4.8 GPA.
He could be a great fit in Ohio State's offense, as he's one of the fastest players in the 2015 class. All of the in-state schools, Tennessee, Stanford, and others will provide a lot of competition for his commitment, but I think this is definitely a race the Buckeyes could end up winning.