May 19, 2009

New schools moving on on Forbes

Nick Forbes thought his recruitment was taking shape but then the spring evaluation period rolled around and so many new schools have gotten involved that the Frederick (Md.) Thomas Johnson linebacker feels like he's almost starting over.

Boston College, California, Duke, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia have all offered Forbes, a 6-foot-1, 223-pound recruit who finished with 96 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions last season.

But in the last few weeks, Ohio State, Michigan, Louisville, Miami, Wisconsin and East Carolina have stopped by the school which means a new list of top programs has to be considered. It's been hectic but Forbes said he's handled it well so far.

"I kind of feel like I was a little bit early with recruiting and now it's starting over meeting all these new coaches but it's still good," Forbes said.

"With the guys still coming out I'm doing something right. I do kind of want to wake up one morning and know where I want to go but I'm hoping over these next few weeks after the evaluation period, I can figure where I'm going to (visit) this summer and then I'll be able to narrow it down a little bit."

Forbes said between school, track season and football that he has not been able to sit down and do a lot of research on many of the teams recruiting him. This summer should allow him some off-time to figure out which place might fit best. He also plans to take a few visits which should also help.

"It has picked up a little bit more and there are a lot more schools and a lot more coaches," Forbes said.

"For the most part, it's all been a good experience but every now and then when things get backed up with school work and trying to do that stuff and with track, I went through this period where I didn't have enough time to check my e-mail so I missed checking my e-mails for about three days and I looked on there and it was 107 on my inbox so they were piling up.

"I just want to know where I'm going to go just to get that thing off your back. Everybody is always asking, 'Where do you want to go?' and right now I'm to the point where I honestly don't know. I don't have time to write it out and put the pluses or minuses. I haven't had that much time to think about it but in two weeks track will be over so I'll have my afternoons back."

On top of being a defensive standpoint, Forbes rushed for 1,075 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. He had 10 sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a sophomore and also had 1,052 yards and 10 scores on the ground. Rivals.com rates him as the seventh-best outside linebacker nationally and he's also on the top 250 list.


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