Courtney Love was one of three true freshmen to join the Nebraska program in January after graduating from high school early. The semester headstart allowed the 6-1, 230-pound Love the opportunity to participate in spring practice and begin to challenge for playing time at linebacker, a position where Nebraska lost three fifth-year senior starters from the 2012 defense. Love has the versatility to play multiple linebacker spots and spent much of the spring at the Will linebacker position.
Love was one of three scholarship signees from Ohio and comes to Nebraska from Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, the same school that Husker Head Coach Bo Pelini attended.
Before Nebraska (Cardinal Mooney HS)
A two-time All-Ohio selection, linebacker Courtney Love is part of an impressive group of signees in the 2013 class from Ohio. Love is one of three scholarship recruits from Ohio, the most signees Nebraska has ever had from the state. The 6-1, 225-pound Love is also one of three talented linebackers in NU's 2013 class. Love was one of the first players to commit to Nebraska's 2013 class, announcing his intention in late April. Love posted impressive numbers for Coach P.J. Fecko as a senior, registering 110 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and nine sacks. He also forced four fumbles and had two pass breakups, despite missing one game because of injury. Love was honored for his efforts as a first-team Division III All-Ohio selection for the second straight year. During his junior season, Love played a key role in Cardinal Mooney winning the Division III state title. Love recorded 130 tackles, including seven sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. In the state title game victory over Springfield Shawnee, Love was Mooney's leading tackler. His play for the Cardinals in 2011 earned Love first-team All-Ohio honors and Division III co-defensive Player-of-the-Year recognition. Love is regarded as one of the nation's top 30 linebackers by multiple recruiting services and is listed among the top 30 overall prospects in the state of Ohio. Love chose Nebraska over dozens of offers from around the country, including Florida State, Ohio State, USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Illinois and Indiana to name a few.
Courtney was born on Sept. 28, 1994, and he is the son of Faye Madison and Cory Love. He has not declared a major. In his first semester, Love volunteered time at the F Street Community Center and at Culler Middle School.