DB Closing In On UM Offer

When Miami (Fla.) Norland standout Chris Forbes picks up all the newspapers and magazines that have several other local players ranked ahead of him, he simply uses it as motivation.

"I think the biggest reason I'm underrated is because I've played so many different positions," Forbes said. "I played running back my freshman year, wide receiver my sophomore year, then safety last year. Now I'm playing pretty much every skilled position. So whenever I get compared to other players, they got more experience at that position."

Little does he know that college coaches love that versatility.

"I guess I could see that since they probably like athletes that can play all over," he said. "I'm gonna be a corner or safety in college."

At 6-feet and 187 pounds, Forbes is coming off a state championship year with his Norland teammates. He finished the year with five interceptions on defense. He was also a dangerous return specialist, averaging 40 yards per punt return and 28 yards per kickoff return.

Forbes, who is a full academic qualifier with an ACT score of 20, also runs track and has been timed at 10.7 100m.

"I pulled up right before states (with a track injury) so I wasn't able to go but I'll be there this year," he said.

Forbes has become a major recruiting target for many programs on the recruiting front.

"Right now UM, LSU, and Florida State are my top three," he said. "Rutgers would probably be next. LSU, FSU, and Rutgers have offered me from that list."

Forbes believes Miami is getting close to offering, especially after a Monday night conversation with UM defensive coordinator Randy Shannon.

"I just got off the phone with Coach Shannon before you called," he said. "We talk a lot. He said they should be offering real soon. They just need to see my first couple games before they make it official."

Forbes said he's looking forward to that and hopes that a connection Shannon has with Norland will help.

"He went to Norland and I hope that helps (in his decision to offer)," he said. "I know they recruited (Dwayne) Bowe last year and lost him to LSU but that's just because LSU told him he'd start as a freshman and he did. He started on Saturday and caught two passes for 40 yards."

The talented defensive back recapped his conversation with Shannon.

"He said he needs a lot of linebackers and defensive backs in this year's recruiting class," he said. "He said they're going to be losing three or four DB's to the NFL after the season and a couple other guys have been injured a lot. He likes to start right here (in Dade County). JR (Bryant) from Killian has committed already. That cat from The West (Trevor Ford) and (Lovon) Ponder from Pace are two other guys he's trying to get. He's offered those other guys so I'm hoping he offers me next."

Forbes will be in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night for the Gator game. "I can't wait," he said. "That place will be crazy. Everyone (recruits) should be there."

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