There is a player tearing it up in New Mexico who is attracting college recruiters to the Land of Enchantment. This player is really coming into his own his senior season and is the best running back from the state since Dontrell Moore now getting it done for the New Mexico Lobos.
The player in question is running back/defensive back/linebacker Mike Love (6-0, 210, 4.6) from Rio Rancho, N.M.
The skillful Love currently holds two offers, both from the in-state schools of New Mexico and New Mexico State and that is a pretty good indicator because no other schools farm local New Mexico talent like the two in-state schools.
Representatives from UTEP are flying in to see Love in action in a non-district game against Albuquerque (N.M.) Eldorado this Friday Evening.
Texas Tech, Arizona, Arizona State and Boise State are also showing interest in Love.
As a matter of fact, Boise State was recruiting Love as a defensive player until seeing game tape of him breaking the single game rushing record when he rushed for 362 yards against Santa Fe. Now the Broncos are rethinking where they will recruit Love.
So far on the season, Love has helped Rio Rancho to a 4-2 record while rushing for 1,121 yards and 11 touchdowns.
One of the reasons that Love was somewhat of a sleeper going into the season is he played behind a D-I running back and was more a role player on offense in 2004.
Now that he is the featured back Love is opening up recruiter's eyes.
Love is very durable. He has started every varsity game at Rio Rancho since his freshman season. He even earned Newcomer of the Year his freshman season.
Love was selected all-district and all-metro for both his sophomore and junior years as a safety.
"Mike has that great combination of size and speed that D-I schools like," Rio Rancho coach Phil Lopez said. "He anchored the state champion 4x100 team."
"Since Mike was primarily a blocker until this season he's a bone crushing blocker," Lopez said. "Now he's a bone crushing runner."
"Mike has the speed to get up field and he doesn't mess around, he gets up field in a hurry," Lopez said. "He also has moves. He can juke you."
Though Love is a standout on both sides of the ball, he is now projecting more as a running back, but he has the ability to play on either side of the ball on the D-I level.
Love is currently rated by Rivals.com as the Land of Enchantment's No. 2 player at any position.