Pre-evaluation Rivals100 defensive tackle Marcus Forston has had the hometown Miami Hurricanes at the top of his list for nearly the entire process. But in recent weeks, several schools have drawn even and are squarely in the mix to land the talented prospect.
Forston talked about his decision during a May 8 interview with CaneSport.com.
"I basically said that everybody has been telling me the same thing," Forston said. "I have been hearing a lot of good things from a lot of college programs. I feel the same way about every college now."
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One of those programs is Notre Dame, which sent head coach Charlie Weis to Miami to check on the 6-foot-3, 290-pounder. The Irish have positioned themselves well.
"They've just been telling me a lot of great stuff," Forston said. "They were saying that (Notre Dame) is going to prepare you for life after football. The average career for a football player in the NFL is four years. You are going to be prepared for life with a degree from Notre Dame."
In addition to the Fighting Irish, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Central Florida, Alabama, LSU and Southern California all are schools Forston remains interested in.
"I don't really have a top five or anything right now," he said.
If he did, however, Miami would be on it.
"Miami is one of the first colleges I knew," Forston said. "Those guys are always going to be in my top five or whatever. They are the school I know the most about.
While Southern California is quite a haul from Dade County, Fla., Forston's interest in the Trojans remains.
"A lot of people talk about the distance between there and Florida," he said. "Really, there should be nothing that stops me from going out there if I want to, though."
Forston also commented on the Gators, Seminoles and Golden Gophers.
"Florida has been coming at me pretty hard," he said. "FSU has been talking to me a little bit. With Minnesota, They have just been recruiting me hard and paying me a lot of attention.
Forston and his Northwestern teammates are in their final weeks of spring practice (they play host to Belle Glade Glades Central in their spring jamboree next Saturday). He talked about his performance.
"The things I have to improve on are just communicating with my team more often on the field," he said. "It may be a play I know. That's the key so if there is a situation where I can help my teammates, I can."
Forston will play next Saturday night.
"My knee had been bothering me, but it's better now," he said. "I am going to play."
Forston is a Rivals.com Junior All-American.