November 24, 2008

Hokies host Rivals250 junior stud

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The Hokies played host to a number of prospects over the weekend. Arguably one of the bigger ones was a Rivals250 to watch target in the 2010 class.

"I went to Virginia Tech," he said. "It was a actually really good. I got there and didn't get to go to the thing they held before the game. I got there a little late and the sun was coming down, but I really liked the whole atmosphere. The fans and the way the stadium was set up, it was really nice."

It was cold. What did Forbes think of that?

"My mom and I were freezing," he said. "I don't think that took away from the actual game though. I definitely liked the style of the way they played defense particularly the Virginia Tech linebackers. I was telling my mom how good they were."

It was a defensive game. What did Forbes think about that?

"I told my mom how the offense was struggling, Virginia Tech reminded me a lot of our defense how we're consistent," he said. "Our offense sometimes struggles, but the way the linebackers played. I liked that. I noticed they blitz them a lot and I think I fit that style of play. I was very impressed."

The visit was Forbes first to Blacksburg.

"I didn't get to meet my recruiting coach, but I did hand them my tape," he said. "I also didn't get to see much of the campus. It was dark, but we passed some of the dorms and I like that they have a real classic, nostalgic look. That was really nice. I like the architecture of the buildings."

The junior prospect finished up by going into the locker room after the big win.

"I got into the locker room and the coaches called out the players of the game and did their speeches," he said. "On the way out I talked to a couple players and tried to get in touch with Coach Sherman. They couldn't find him though.

"I was kind of star struck by the linebackers and they way they played. I was amazed how they were aggressive and fast. They weren't really big, but definitely played aggressive. I didn't say much, but hi."

Where does Forbes go from here?

"Next weekend I'm headed to Boston College on the 29th," he said. "I'm excited to go, they offered me and I haven't gotten a chance to see them yet. Then on December 6th I'm going to West Virginia for the USF game. I'm excited about that."

The Frederick (Md.) Thomas Johnson prospect landed a fifth scholarship in the past week.

"Last week, just recently Stanford offered me," he said. "It was kind of a surprise. I wasn't talking to them that much. They sent it in the mail and my coach showed me the letter at school.

"I told my mom and she was so happy since she knows how good of a school that is academically. She was really excited about it."

Forbes and Thomas Johnson finished the season at 6-4.

"We were shaky early and went 2-4 and then ended 6-4 before losing in the playoffs to Perry Hall," he said. "I don't know my statistics defensively, but I ended on offense with 1,073-yards and 15 touchdowns."

What was different this year for Forbes?

"This year I did have a minor lower back strain which slowed me down a bit," he said. "I played and definitely was more comfortable in space. On offense I was able to do more.

"My sophomore year I ran as fast and far as I could, this year I was spinning off of tackles and kept my balance more."

Forbes plans to participate in outdoor track in the spring. He ranked first in the shot putt in the state a year ago and fourth in the discuss as a sophomore.

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