Antonio Forbes, a 6-4 270-pound defensive lineman from Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Ga., was one of the biggest surprise commitments of the 2005 class.
Forbes has heard speculation about his academic qualifying status over the past few weeks.
Sunday night, Forbes said, "My grades are good. I talked to Coach Harbison and Coach Randolph last week. They called to make sure my grades were straight. All I have to do is graduate and I know I am going to do that.
"Graduation is Friday night. I am ready to get out of here, and get down to T-Town."
Forbes said, "I am coming in this fall to prove everyone wrong. Everyone thought I wouldn't be qualified, and now I am going to be. I am coming to make a statement. My number one goal was to make it to college. I accomplished that goal. I am not coming to redshirt, I am coming to play."
"I am moving to Tuscaloosa July 10. I am supposed to room with Prince Hall. I have not talked to him. I probably won't talk to him until I get there," Forbes added.
Forbes has maintained the same weight since his commitment, and he is expecting to start his Alabama career at defensive end.
"I want to keep the same weight, and I am going to keep working on my speed. I may gain some weight, if the coaches decide to move me down in the middle. Right now, they want me to start out at defensive end," Forbes said.
Forbes has a couple of thoughts concerning his Crimson Tide jersey number.
He said, "I don't know which number I am wearing. I would like to have # 99 or # 88. My high school number was # 99, and # 88 was my old coach's number when he played at Alabama (George Pugh)."
Forbes finished his senior season with 136 tackles, 13 sacks and one interception.
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