Most Helpful Guy
Been in love twice.
First I knew I loved the girl after the first few hours. Genuinely knew it. We're not talking about some intense desire to hump her leg.
Second time I took several months getting there.
I'd take it as a compliment and let it rest. Don't hold the affection back too much if you really like him though. He'll obviously be in a somewhat vulnerable spot now. Maybe do some extra nice gesture to show him you like his feelings? 20 year olds usually cook mean spaghetti.
Most Helpful Girl
Nowadays, people tend to say "I love you" and not actually mean it. If you don't want to say it then please don't think that it's not okay. You're just being honest. And girl, I felt this way too. You don't want to offend him but you just want to make sure its the right time.
Maybe he said it because he thinks its okay to say it at this point. That's okay too, but try explaining to him why you said "why". It'll make more sense to him lol