The Battle for Forston

<p>The Jayhawks are in the thick of things for the Miami linebacker, but they're up against some tough competition.</p> <p>Details on Forston's senior season and his recruitment inside.</p>

Dustin Forston and his Miami Northwestern teammates are getting ready for postseason play.  The three-star linebacker has helped his team to a 5-3 record thus far, and with a little extra effort on both sides of the ball, Forston thinks they could contend for a state title.

“I think we've been playing good, but we haven't been playing to our full potential,” Forston admitted.  “I'm hoping we can step it up in the playoffs so we can win the state championship.  I think we just need to be playing better defense and capping those long drives on offense.”

Whenever Forston’s senior season wraps up he’ll really start to focus on finding a college home for next year.  The 6-0, 210 lb. talent already has an impressive list of suitors including Florida State and Auburn.  Those two premiere programs headline a group of four schools that appear to be Forston’s primary options.  While other schools have offered (Arkon and Florida International) and might eventually make it back into the race, for now the fab’ four is as follows:

Auburn, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Kansas.

Forston says he’s received offers from all four schools and intends to visit each campus.  A December 17th trip to Lawrence, KS appears to be in the works, but the rest of the dates are still up in the air.

“I'm not really sure yet on visit dates, I'm going to try to set up dates with all four of them.”

Forston hopes to take a closer look at each program because from afar he sees a lot of positives in each.

“Pittsburgh is a good program, especially for a linebacker because a loot of their linebackers will be leaving either this year or next year,” Forston said.  “I think I could go up there and make an impact, especially in Big East.”

How about in the SEC?

“Auburn will compete for national championship if they keep winning out.  They have a really good program that I'd love to play for too.”

Another national power is Florida State.  Playing for the Seminoles would offer an in-state opportunity for the Miami area talent.

“At Florida State, they really play six linebackers in their system, so I think I could go up there and play too.”

Then there’s Kansas – a program that is clearly a few notches below the Seminoles when it comes to national prestige, but the Jayhawks’ recent success under Mark Mangino has impressed Forston and so has their aggressiveness in his recruitment.

“Kansas is a good school.  That's the school that's pursuing me the hardest right now.  I think I could go up there and make an impact.  When I look at Kansas, I think they’re only a few players away from being national championship contender.”

Forston believes he could be one of those missing pieces, but with so many strong contenders the Jayhawks will have quite a fight on their hands to obtain Forston’s services.


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