DL Wants State Record

Dustin Forston was a hungry kid last August. After watching teammate Trenayne Sills rack up over 20 sacks in 2002, Forston felt he was capable of doing similar things in 2003.

"I had seen what guys like Dorrain (James, a current safety at the Univ. of South Florida) and Trenayne (Sills, a current defensive end at Miami of Ohio) did to opposing quarterbacks and I felt I could do that," Forston said. "All those big O-Linemen didn't seem like they had enough speed to block me."

Ten games later, Forston had put up 21 quarterback sacks and had caused five fumbles. He had over 60 tackles and was clearly one of the most dominant defenders in the county. He credits a lot of his success to his teammates.

"I have to line up against Chris Barney every single day," he said. "That'll make anyone better. I can't take a single play off. I have to be ready, on my toes at all time."

It's competition like what Forston sees every day in practice that makes Northwestern such a competitive team every year. As good as he was as a junior, Forston expects to be a lot better as a senior.

"I'm a lot bigger now," he said. "I've added weight, I've gotten stronger and now I'm quicker. I'm going for the (state sack) record this year. Willie Jones from Carol City had 36 his senior year. I think I can get it. I got four against Carol City and they won states. I got four against Norland. I figure by averaging four a game, that's 40 and the record."

Those are big expectations for the talented defender, who measures in at 5-11 1/2 and 208 pounds.

"I just got more quickness off the ball than the other guys," he said. "I play smart. I can watch the way the center moves to tell when he's gonna snap it. Then I just take off."

Forston, who will take the SAT for the first time this Saturday, will likely be switching to linebacker at the college level.

"That's what most people are saying because of my size," he said. "The coach from Boston College told me that if I add 30 more pounds, he'll start me out as a defensive end. I can play wherever. I have a nose for the ball. I'll always be around it."

Forston has attended a couple camps already this spring as a linebacker and has shown flashes of why he'll be one of the state's top defensive prospects this season. The first team All-Dade pick from last year will be watched closely by a lot of coaches this spring.

"I think Penn State and Boston College are real close to offering," he said. "They just need to come by and watch me this spring. A lot of schools are coming by. I like the University of Miami, NC State, and Florida State too. Randy Shannon told me he likes the way I play and that I just needed to add 20 pounds. I've already added 10 so putting on 10 more ain't gonna be a problem. I can get to 220 easy."

Forston is good friends with Barney and the two plan on playing college ball together. He hinted at one school that really stands out right now.

"The plan is to stay together," he said. "We were watching the draft and saw that Miami put six guys in the first 21 picks and we were thinking that's the team right there. It's still early though and we just wanna go out there and win states this year."

Forston plans on attending camps at UM and South Florida this summer.

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