Rivals.com Junior All-American Marcus Forston of Miami's Northwestern High is one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the Southeast for the Class of 2008. In the early stages of this recruiting cycle, the talented Forston has picked up multiple scholarship offers and has his eye on several additional programs that have his attention.
"A lot of people have offered me," Forston said. "I've got offers from Miami (Fla.), Florida, Rutgers, Tennessee, Auburn and Ole Miss."
The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder had good things to say about the hometown Canes.
"I've got a big interest in Miami," Forston said. "I've known (Hurricanes head coach) Randy Shannon since my ninth grade year because I've been going to camp over there. I know that program is going to do great things because they've got a great man in charge right now."
Forston attended the Florida Junior Day on Feb. 3 in Gainesville.
"It went good," he said. "Those guys are really serious about education and getting your degree. They said that's the No. 1 thing they worry about is education. The average time that people spend in the NFL is four years. After that, you have to find something else to do. That made me think about needing something to fall back on."
There are some programs that have yet to offer that Forston is interested in.
"I like USC," he said. "They've just been sending me mail, though. I like Notre Dame, Michigan, LSU and a lot of other schools."
Though the in-state programs will almost certainly be heavily involved with Forston, he added that he was not locked in to remaining in Florida to play college football.
"Yes (I am willing to leave the state)," he said. "When it comes down to the best college for me, that's where I am going to go."
Forston knows what he is looking for in a program.
"I want to go to a winning program that plays young players," he said. "I want to go to a college that has a little tradition. I want to take all of my visits."
Forston, who was a first-team All-State selection as a junior, plays multiple sports at Northwestern. He added that participating in basketball and track has helped him become an elite defensive line prospect.
"I don't just rely on one sport," he said. "I try and do different sports. Also, when I am on the field, I like to change up my moves. I don't like to do the same thing over and over again and that makes me hard to stop."
Forston added that he will camp at Miami and Rutgers this summer.
Forston helped Northwestern High capture the Florida Class 6A championship as a junior. In addition to being a Rivals.com Junior All-American, he is a Rivals.com 100 to watch member for the Class of 2008. He also is ranked as the state's No. 6 junior by FlaVarsity.com.