Jeremiyah Love Film Room: Notre Dame Commit Shows Versatility, Speed
Friday night, St. Louis (Mo. Christian Brothers put on another impressive performance. They defeated Edwardsville (Ill.) High School by a score of 44-17 behind an outstanding offensive output from the Cadets. It was a game to remember for Notre Dame 2023 running back commit Jeremiyah Love, who once again put his all-around skill set on display for the world to see on his Senior Night.
Whether he was running or passing, his dynamic ability was a major part of this football game. On the night, he carried the ball only 12 times but was still able to rush for 97 yards. Love made a bigger splash in the passing game. He caught just three passes, but it included a highlight reel 77 yard touchdown reception to his credit. In total, those three catches went for 100 yards.
When you add all of his touches together, Love was able to post 197 total yards on just 15 total touches. That is an absurd 13.1 yard per touch on the night.
Love was not the only player Notre Dame fans were focused on for Christian Brothers. Star 2024 wide receiver Jeremiah McClellan also had an outstanding performance for the Cadets in the victory, sitting as one of the key wide receiver targets for the Irish staff in the 2024 recruiting class. On the day, McClellan led the team with a game high 103 yards and a touchdown on 11 receptions. He was a chain mover in this contest and posted a season-high in receptions.
That means between the two stars, they combined for 300 total yards and two touchdowns on 26 total touches. They showed why Christian Brothers has been attracting programs from all over the nation this fall.
Explosive plays is the name of the game for Love, who brings outstanding stride length and long speed to the running back position. He is the biggest headache for defensive coordinators. He can be a strong opponent all day, but it only takes a few bad plays to make an impact.
We saw this in this contest.
The most impressive thing about Love is his speed and explosiveness as a taller runner. He is able to navigate through traffic and make space for himself. That was evident on a particular 38 yard scamper he had during the contest.
Once he can sort through the chaos to find daylight, Love can accelerate to his top speed quickly. He can quickly destroy angels and break up chunk plays once he can open his stride.
His power profile also has improved significantly this season. Love is a long-legged runner who needs to have a higher center of gravity, but can still do arm tackles well.
Love was a pass catcher along a wheel route. This was his biggest play of the day. He can eat up a lot of ground downfield, displaying his impressive long speed.
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His ball skills are also noticeable. Love has the hands and tracking abilities to play wide receiver at the next level. This allows him to be a major threat in the passing game at the next level.
McClellan did not make many chunk plays, but it is easy for you to see the explosiveness of his play and smoothness in and around breaks. McClellan was able create easy separation as a routerunner, which was an advantage that the team used all night.
While McClellan was a strong play weapon as a sophomore he has made a huge leap as a junior. McClellan has improved his ability to create separation in many ways.
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