This time last year Bellevue West offensive lineman A.J. Forbes was getting ready for his first year of high school football.
A year later, Forbes is now a bonafide college prospect in the 2018 class.
The 6-foot-1, 273-pounder started as a true freshman last year for the Thunderbirds, helping anchor one of the stronger young offensive lines in the state.
“It was a huge jump. I was going from being 220 pounds the best guy on the field,” said Forbes. “It was foreign to me - all these weight lifting programs and two-a-days. It was a huge jump.”
Last week Forbes showed up at the Nebraska Friday Night Lights camp.
“I felt confident in what I did. I was disappointed in my pro-agility time,” said Forbes. “I thought I did well during the drills. It was definitely a learning experience getting to work with D-1 coaches. It was a good experience learning from them.”
Of course being able to spend a portion of the camp in Memorial Stadium was a memorable moment for the in-state talent.
“It was my favorite part of the camp. Going in and competing in 1-on-1s,” said Forbes. “As soon as a I walked in, I couldn’t help but look around. All these great guys that have played on this field. I coulnd’t stop looking at the scoreboard. I couldn’t help but stand in awe for a couple seconds.
“It’s exciting, but I’m not really worried about it,” said Forbes. “But every time I get a new piece of mail, it puts a smile on my face.”
So what is the 2018 prospect doing this offseason to get better next season?
“The biggest thing I’m working on is my hip-flexibility this offseaon,” said Forbes. “Being able to loosen my hips during the offseason. It should allow me to run faster and jump higher.”
Big Red Report will continue to monitor the Bellevue West starter’s recruitment and check in with him again this fall.