Forte Lists Kentucky Among Others

With all the commitments that Kentucky has received, the search for an impact defensive end still continued. One such prospect who could make that impact is Julius Forte. KSR had an opportunity to speak with Forte about his recruitment.

With all the commitments that Kentucky has received, the search for an impact defensive end still continued. One such prospect who could make that impact is Julius Forte. KSR had an opportunity to speak with Forte about his recruitment.

Forte, a 6-foot-2 235 pound senior from Saint Petersburg Florida, is one of the top defensive end prospects in the country. Forte is just one of many prospects left on the board for Kentucky, while they try to fill the last few rides available for the 2009 class. Kentucky isn't alone in their recruitment of Forte, however. "All of the schools that have offered me are recruiting me hard. I've got offers from South Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina State and North Carolina," said Forte. Still Forte has no favorites. "They are all pretty much the same," said Forte.

Forte hasn't made many unofficials, but he has visited an in-state school a couple of times. "I've been to USF a few times. I'm still trying to decide the dates for my officials. Kentucky will get one of those," he said.

Whatever school lands Forte, they will be landing a solid player who may be able to compete early on. "My strengths would begin with my ability to get off the ball, my speed and my agility and my competitiveness. I always want to win," said Forte. "I want to get better at everything, just football in general. You can never be too good at any point in the game," said Forte.

Forte has an idea about what he's looking for when he takes his visits. "The most important thing is a good atmosphere, the team and school atmosphere. I want a famly and home type atmosphere," said Forte. "The coaching staff and what they've done in the past is important, their history. Of course the education is very important," he finished.

There is no specific time for decision for Julius, but that doesn't mean it can't come anytime. "I'm going to try to wait it out for my visits. But if I feel like I've found a place, without the visits, that has what I'm looking for then I can make the decision then," he said.

Forte is a three-star player according to Scout.com and the number 50 defensive end in the country. He last season, he recorded 50 tackles, 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, recovered three fumbles and took one back for a touchdown for Boca Ciega High School.


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