Blue Devils Host Nation's No.7 OLB

For those who follow recruiting there has been a central theme when it comes to what head coach David Cutcliffe looks for in a prospect. In addition to being able to fit in at Duke off the field, the Blue Devil head coach is looking for speed on it. Upgrading the speed at the linebacker spot appears to be paramount in 2010, and Cutcliffe and company appear to have their sights aimed high.

"I was able to visit Duke recently, and the visit went well," said Nick Forbes, a 6'1, 220lbs four star linebacker from Johnson High School in Frederick, Md. "It was my first time visiting and seeing Duke, and I was very impressed. It's a beautiful place."

Rated as the nation's No.7 outside linebacker by, Forbes certainly passes the look test of a linebacker, and he's also got the measurables that usually translate into success at the collegiate level and beyond. He can bench press 330-pounds, squat 475 and claims a 34-inch vertical jump. He also boasts a 4.6 forty time. So it's no wonder he has an impressive list of suitors with scholarships for him - well into the double-digits.

In the classroom, Forbes is equally solid - posting a 3.6 core GPA and a two-part SAT of 1030. With speed, size, and smarts, it's no wonder the Blue Devils have been pursuing him, but last week was a sort of introduction of Duke to Forbes.

"It was my first time really learning and seeing what Duke is. I didn't know a lot about [the football] team, so it was good to get down there and talk to the coaches and players. I need to get as much information as I can about these schools."

It would appear as though the information gathering process will continue for quite some time for Forbes as he will not make a decision before taking all five of his official visits.

So what is Forbes looking for in a school?

"[My mom] has told me that I should take everything into consideration and pick a school I'd be happy at even if I wasn't playing football. That's what I am going to do. I wold also like to find a place that has a really good strength and conditioning program because I work out like five days a week."

As a junior, Forbes finished his season with 96 total tackles, 67 solos, six tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown).

Offensively, he had 143 rushes for 1,176 yards and 15 scores. He also caught eight balls for 81 yards.

He also competes in track (shot – 51-11, discus – 163-7), but only plans on playing football in college. Forbes plans on attending the Nike Camp at Penn State on May 2.

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