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Notebook: Wake Forest High RB Bryce Love earns invitations to top camps

tstevens@newsobserver.comApril 28, 2014 

Wake Forest football running back Bryce Love earned an invitation to The Opening with his performance last weekend at the Nike Football Training Camp at Clifton (Va.) Centreville High.

About 150 of the top high school senior football players in the country are invited to The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. The players will be tested and compete in drills July 7-10.

Love already had an invitation to the Rivals 100 Five-Star Challenge, a 100-player event June 6-8 in Baltimore.

Love was named the running back most valuable player at the Virginia workouts after running 40 yards in a 4.30 seconds.

The workout was the first time Love had run full speed since a groin injury near the end of the 2013 season. The Cougars reached the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA title game, but Love could play very little.

“The 4.3 wowed a lot of people,” said Chris Love, Bryce’s father. “That has to be one of the fastest times in the country. We have nursed him along this spring, but that time showed that he’s back.”

Love is listed as the No. 3 all-purpose running back prospect in the country by rivals.com, a recruiting site.

The junior has more than 20 scholarship offers, including from most ACC and SEC schools.

Chris Love said Bryce had made some unofficial visits but isn’t in a rush to trim his list.

“We’re looking to have a list of about 10 schools by the end of the summer,” Chris Love said.

Bryce also has an offer from East Carolina, where older brother Chris was redshirted last season. Chris Love had a 75-yard touchdown run on his first run during the Pirates’ spring game.

Perspective: Some Holly Springs High baseball players said they got a lesson in perspective Saturday when they volunteered at the Miracle League of the Triangle – a non-profit organization that helps children with special needs play baseball.

“It was great to get out there and enjoy the day with some of those kids,” said catcher Mike Sconzo.

Phil Simpson, who was the winning pitcher in a 5-1 victory late Saturday over Middle Creek, said working with the Miracle League was meaningful.

“It’s a privilege to play the game. It definitely makes you want to get out here and appreciate everything that much more,” Simpson said.

Smothers excited: Chad Smothers, who resigned as the Leesville Road football coach last week, said his nine years on the staff, and his three years as the head coach, had been a wonderful time.

“Leesville has been a great experience for me,” he said. “Over last nine years I have been apart of one of the most successful athletic programs in the state.”

He also said he was excited about my new job as athletics director at Knightdale High.

“The role of athletic director has been a career goal of mine and I welcome the new success I will find at Knightdale,” he said.

Bridgewater recruit: Clayton’s Chase Jones recently committed to play soccer at Bridgewater College in Virginia. He was the Greater Neuse 4A Defensive Player of the Year and helped Clayton to an 18-4-1.

Off to Barton: Wake Forest’s Tatyana Jackson, a 5-foot-6 senior girls’ basketball point guard, has signed with Barton. She averaged 14 points, four assists and four steals a game to earn team MVP honors.

Cap Eight 4A golf: Broughton wrapped up an undefeated Cap Eight 4A golf season last week with a victory at Wildwood Green Golf Club. The Caps topped second-place Leesville Road 139-143 helped by a 4-under-par 31 by Harrison Rhoades.

Broughton’s Preyer Fountain won the league’s player of the year with a 34.5-stroke average.

J. Mike Blake contributed to this story

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