Pelham Lineman Drawing Interest From Colleges

Justin Forehand discusses his football camp experience at Auburn and the big picture in recruiting as he prepares for his senior season.

Pelham, Ala.--An in-state football prospect whose stock is on the rise did enough at Auburn's one-day camp to draw attention from Tigers' offensive line coach Jeff Grimes.

"I thought the camp went really well," says Justin Forehand, a 6-4 1/2, 262-pound offensive tackle, who will be a senior this fall at Pelham High School.

"Going to the camp really did help me," Forehand says. "Coach Grimes was very personable and he told me I wasn't off the list. He said I just needed to get a little stronger. He said they would really take a look at me the first couple of weeks in the fall. That is real encouraging. It gives me a lot of motivation in the weight room."

Forehand says he is going to pound the weights as much as he can the rest of the summer. He currently can bench 335 pounds and squats 535 pounds.

A starter since his sophomore season, Forehand recently attended a camp with his Pelham High team. He plans to take in several more individual football camps before practices begin for his senior year.

"I am going to go to the UAB Camp coming up and I am going to try to hit Ole Miss as well," he says. "I am going to try to take an unofficial visit to Southern Miss in July, too."

Formerly a three-sport athlete, Forehand is no longer playing basketball. He is concentrating on football and in the spring he will throw the shot put and discus for Pelham's track and field squad.

So far he has just two scholarship offers from Jacksonville State and North Alabama, but has hope that more will be on the way.

"Southern Miss is really, really interested in me now," Forehand says. "Mississippi State said the same thing. Auburn is interested. Tennessee is still interested. UAB is interested, too."

One of his high school teammates, linebacker Jake Holland, may be starting for Auburn this fall as a sophomore. "I talked to him before the camp and he said he really loved it down there," Forehand says. "He told me how awesome it is and how the family thing is really big down there. I wouldn't mind being a part of that."

Forehand says he has good grades at Pelham High, but hasn't decided what he wants to study in college. "Probably business,"?he says.

He does have a definite short-term goal. "I am trying to be a really good leader for my team," he says. "We are trying to turn around our football program at Pelham."

Forehand may even contribute both ways for Pelham with some spot duty at defensive tackle, but offensive tackle is the primary position for the lineman's senior season.

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