Isabella Biedenharn
July 21, 2017 AT 12:44 PM EDT

Eric has emerged as something of an underdog on this season of The Bachelorette. Admittedly inexperienced in relationships, he had never brought a woman to meet his family until his hometown date in Baltimore with Rachel.

The success of that date landed Eric among Rachel’s final three suitors, and in this exclusive clip from next week’s episode, their relationship moves forward even further as Eric makes a big confession.

On a one-on-one date, Rachel tells Eric, “We’re down to the wire, which is insane. My question to you is, do you have any fears because you haven’t been in love? Do you feel like you’re ready to leap forward?”

Eric doesn’t hesitate. “You embody everything I would want in a wife,” he tells her. “I’m just here to say, I’m in love with you…. I love you.”

Check out the sweet clip above. The Bachelorette airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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