Finding Forrest

After two straight standout seasons, Jonathan Forrest (New Rochelle, N.Y.) has established himself as one of the best running back prospects in New York.

After two straight standout seasons, Jonathan Forrest (New Rochelle, N.Y.) has established himself as one of the best running back prospects in New York. Last year, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound truck, who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, bulled his way to over 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns.

"I'm a one-cut, downhill guy," said Forrest, who plays linebacker on defense. "I think my size and speed helps me do things other runners can't do, like being able to finish runs and separate from defenders. But I do have to become more explosive and try to separate even more when I'm cutting. I have to really explode out of my cuts, so that's what I'm working on this offseason."

Forrest doesn't have any firm offers yet, but that figures to change as the winter moves along and camp season begins. The New York back has been in touch with Penn State, Boston College, Rutgers and Syracuse, with Maryland just recently showing interest.

"I think Boston College is closest to offering," Forrest said. "They've been talking to me the most and want to stay in touch. They wanted me at their junior day and I plan to go to that next week."

Speaking of junior days, Maryland just invited Forrest to its Feb. 22 one. The Terps have been in contact via e-mail, and area recruiter Keith Dudzinski figures to be in touch once Forrest visits College Park.

"I'm actually really excited for Maryland's junior day," Forrest said. "I want to get to know the coaching staff more because I haven't gotten a chance to meet any of them yet. I know Maryland is a good school and I've heard good things, so I'm excited to get down there."

Forrest was actually in College Park a couple years ago for a prospect camp. He recalled that Maryland had a "nice campus" and they were in the process of making additions and renovating the stadium.

"Mostly, what I like about Maryland is they have a coach who built of the UConn program, and I heard a lot about him being up here in New York," Forrest said of Randy Edsall. "Coach Edsall knows how to build a program, so that would make Maryland attractive to me."

Before this offseason, Forrest was able to take in Penn State for its game against Purdue, as well as Rutgers for an unofficial visit. Of the two, he said the Nittany Lions stood out.

"I really, really liked PSU. The game was great, the stadium was huge and the atmosphere was amazing," Forest said. "Rutgers was nice too, but the coach who was recruiting me isn't there anymore so I don't know what's going on with them at the moment."

Other than upcoming junior days at BC and UMD, Forrest doesn't have anything else on the docket. He said he'd like to visit Pittsburgh, however, because he "has a feeling it's a program on the rise."

"They had two true freshmen playing last year who did well and I just think that's a team moving in the right direction with the talent coming up," Forrest said. "I like what their coach is doing over there."

With no offers in toe, however, Forrest isn't in position to play favorites. He said he'd consider a variety of options and is just looking to procure a couple scholarships during camp season.

"Ideally I'd like to get a few offers from schools closer to home; I can't see myself out West or anything like that," Forrest said. "But really I'm open to anything at this point."

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