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BREAKING | Notre Dame CB Julian Love Declares For The NFL Draft

January 4, 2019

Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love has made his much-anticipated decision about his future. 

The Consensus All-American has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft issuing a statement on Friday afternoon: 

“First off I want to say that this season was such a fun ride. The relationships gained have made me so happy and I’m grateful to have been part of it all. With that being said, my family and I decided that I’ll declare for the upcoming NFL Draft. 

While I’m confident that this is the best choice for my future, the decision to leave Notre Dame was not an easy one. It was a childhood dream of mine to put on the gold helmet and play football for the Fighting Irish and my experience and this University has been just that - a dream. 

I’d like to that all of my coaches, especially Coach Kelly, who took a chance one me; Coach Lea, who always challenged me; and Coach Lyght, who helped perfect my game, taught me to do everything at the highest level and, most importantly, became a great friend.

I’d also like to thank my classmates and professors who made going to school fun. I chose Notre Dame because it provided the best balance of a first-class education and the highest level of college football. I’ve experienced both in my three years and I promise I’ll finish the job and earn my degree in Management Consulting from the Mendoza College of Business. 

Finally, I’d like to thank my best friends - my teammates. I’ve been blessed to play on a team that truly made Notre Dame home. I’m grateful for the guys on that field because they made every single moment of hard work worthwhile. Not many people get to turn what they love into a career.

I’m truly excited to play the game that I love at the next level. 

Thank you, Notre Dame, for all of your support and as always, Go Irish! 

Julian Love ’20 

The 5-foot-11, 193-pounder had a stellar 2018 as Love registered 61 tackles, one interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown. 

Love is in a category by himself when it comes to productivity. The junior cornerback is the only defensive player in the country to record at least 10 pass breakups (15) and two fumble recoveries (3). 

The Chicago native is also the second-highest rated cornerback according to Pro Football Focus, and only three cornerbacks have had a higher rating since 2015. 

Love also holds the school-record with 38 career pass breakups.

For his career, Love racked up 176 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, five interceptions, 30 pass breakups and scored two touchdowns. 

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