Coach Spotlight: David Forney

David Forney made his verbal commitment to the Midshipmen coaching staff in the locker room following Navy's victory over San Jose State on October 25th. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman played for Coach Dan Paro at Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Mary. GoMids.com spoke with Paro, who is in his 18th-year head coach at the prestigious D.C.-area preparatory school.

"David came to Prep from Walkersville," Paro said. "Over a four year period he'd developed into an outstanding young man both as a person and as a player. He's performed equally well on the field and in the classroom. David became a starter for us as a sophomore. Each year he's just gotten better and better. As an offensive lineman, he's greatly respected by the coaches in our area as one of the best, if not the best, run blocker in the conference. He's a downhill player, who gets after it with his physicality. He'll get down field and pancake you. I think it fits in well with what Navy does in the triple-option.

"As a senior, David was fantastic. He dominated his side of of the line. I'm not sure the number of pancakes he had per game but it was high. I'd say well over five, probably around seven. He's a someone who leads by his actions and has earned the trust and respect of his teammates. We know he made All-County and we're waiting to hear about All-State."

As a junior, Forney was honorable mention All-State and began hearing from Navy and a number of Ivy League colleges. He would receive the Navy offer from recruiter Ivin Jasper on his 17th birthday in May.

"I think David's going to flourish at Navy, absolutely," said Paro. "His academics are strong for one thing. Here at Georgetown Prep, you have got to really work to get through. It's challenging. I think he's definitely prepared to go in and do well at the Naval Academy.

"Coach Jasper and the rest of the Navy coaches do their homework. They're out recruiting high characters kids who they know can make the grades when they get there. David definitely falls into that category. With football, I think the coaches are confident they David fits into their offensive scheme. They're going to be running the ball 50-plus times a game and that what David excels in.

"Going to The Naval Academy is a life changing experience. I think that's what attracted David to Navy. His father, Rick, is from Annapolis so he knew a lot about the Academy and Navy football before they offered. He's received a great education here at Georgetown Prep that he can build off of and we all look forward seeing him take the next step in his life down the road in Annapolis."

Forney was being recruited by Dartmouth, Duke, Georgia Tech, and Princeton at the time of his commitment. From a baseball family, his father, Rick Forney, a 1989 graduate of Annapolis High School, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1991 draft and spent five years with the organization. He's now in his ninth season as the manager of the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

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