Pelini goes back to his roots, nets two Mooney standouts

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Youngstown Mooney LB/DB Courtney Love

Bo Pelini has gone back to his own high school for more talent to supplement his Nebraska roster, this time landing verbal commitments from Mooney four-star safety Marcus McWilson and four-star linebacker Courtney Love.


Bo Pelini has gone back to his own high
school for more talent to supplement his Nebraska roster, this time
landing verbal commitments from Mooney four-star safety Marcus McWilson and four-star linebacker Courtney Love.

Both
McWilson and Love were huge for Mooney this past fall in helping lead
the Cardinals to the program’s eighth state championship.

The 6-foot, 190-pound McWilson intercepted eight passes, including one he returned 59 yards for a touchdown.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Love racked up 137 tackles, eight sacks,
four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, earning Division-III
All-Ohio Player of the Year honors.

247Sports caught up with Mooney head coach P.J. Fecko for his own
scouting report on the caliber of player the Cornhuskers are getting in
McWilson and Love.

McWilson is ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 28 athlete prospect overall.

“He’s definitely an athletic kid,” Fecko said. “He’s a kid that
athletically has the ability to do a lot of great things on the field.
He does a good job of creating big plays whether it’s interceptions,
scoring touchdowns or running the ball. Those are all obviously
documented. The little things he does, he does a good job of tackling
people. He does a good job of breaking up plays that could maybe be game
changers. He punts the ball as well. He’s somebody that could excel in a
lot of different ways.”

Love checks in as the country’s No. 19 outside linebacker according to 247Sports.

“I think Courtney has a desire to compete,” Fecko began. “He
understands the process it takes to compete at a high level and be
successful at a high level, and has the personal dedication to
accomplish that.

“I
think his instincts,” he continued regarding Love’s play on the field.
“He does a good job of preparing himself all year physically and
preparing himself that week mentally for the task at hand, and he is
able to then quickly react when the ball is snapped. He does all the
preparation to be able to react and make plays.”

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Fecko is excited about a couple other prospects in his class of 2013.

Jeff Harper is a 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle that is beginning to land on Big Ten and MAC radars.

“He has gained a tremendous amount of attention and rightfully
so,” Fecko said. “He has the size and ability to play at the next level
and not only play but excel. I think before long, some stuff will start
happening fast for him. Coaches take a little more time with offensive
linemen, figuring out if those guys fit into their scheme.”

Two other juniors Fecko feels has a chance to play Division-I ball are running back Justus Ellis-Moore and receiver Quincy Jones.

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