Fantastic Forbes

Norcross (Ga.) Meadowbook defensive star Antonio Forbes (6-4, 260) sets up a visit to Arkansas, a team that has the lead for his signature.

Wanna make a name for yourself?

Just go out and get 136 tackles, haul down the quarterback 13 times, force 10 fumbles and grab an interception and run it back 90 yards for a score.

If you do all that and happen to be 6-4, 260 pounds with 4.65 speed, college coaches are going to come find you - especially if you nickname is "Tombs", for your penchant of driving ballcarriers into the turf.

That's the case with Norcross (Ga.) Meadowcreek defensive end Antonio Forbes, who made a name for himself this season while playing for George Pugh, the former University of Arkansas assistant.

"Coach Pugh is a great person who has lots of contacts and knows a lot of people in the college football world," Forbes said. "That's helped me get my name out there."

Forbes, who weighed just 230 his junior season, will visit Arkansas on Dec. 3-5 and will likely also take visits to Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.

The Razorbacks were the first with an offer the young man, who didn't play football until the ninth grade and just began lifting weights before his junior season, while the others have followed suit.

"Coach Pugh has a lot of great things to say about Arkansas and I met with (Arkansas assistant) Coach (Tracy) Rocker when he came down here. He's won a Lombardi Award so you know what he knows what he is talking about."

Forbes, who did not play football his sophomore season, said the Razorbacks are his leader pending his visits.

"They have a good program, with a lot of good young guys," Forbes said. "They tell me they need a guy that can rush the passer . I think I can do that well, but I can also stuff the run because I am so physical."

Pugh is certainly a big fan of his big fella.

"What the (college coaches) are really impressed with is his motor," Pugh told the Gwinnett Daily Post. "His motor runs 199 miles per hour from sideline to sideline. That's what impresses the college coach. He's strong. He loves the game. He runs so well....He will be a very, very good one for somebody."

The season did not go well from a team aspect with a 1-9 mark.

"I hate that we didn't win more - that's always the most important thing," Forbes said. "I guess I did okay individually but I would have traded it for more team success. Hopefully that will come in college."

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