Defensive end Julius Forte is one of the top prospects at his position in the Sunshine State and he's hearing from coaches all over the country. The 6-2, 235 pound prospect now holds 13 offers and he spoke with PackPride.com about his five favorites.
As a junior at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Fla., Forte recorded 50 tackles, 11 sacks, forced four fumbles and recovered three more. He has not been as busy as some other prospects this summer, but he is still making progress in the recruiting process.
"As far as camps the only ones I've been to have been FIU and USF," Forte explained. "That's about it. Other than that we've just been working out, doing conditioning and weight lifting. I'm working on getting better at everything. Getting stronger and faster and becoming a better player that understands the game by watching more film."
Forte said he has spoken with coaches from NC State, South Florida, Indiana and Iowa recently. Who are his favorites?
"I sort of do have (a few) favorites, but that can always change. I'm still open-minded. My top five would probably be the people I keep in touch with the most. I'd say USF, NC State, UNC, Louisville and Kentucky."
The talented pass rusher had a good deal to say about each one of those schools and what they could offer him.
"USF is a great school," he explained. "I love their facilities and I love that coaching staff.
"NC State -- I haven't really learned too much about them. I like Coach Swepson a lot. I know a little about their past and how they're good at putting defensive players into the NFL. I'm pretty intrigued by them.
"UNC is a pretty good school and they're also known for putting defensive players into the NFL, especially defensive linemen.
"With Kentucky, I've actually been to the school before through basketball. We were at a basketball tournament and I toured the campus. I really like the facilities and the school. I like their coaching staff, especially Coach Smith, who has mainly been the one recruiting me.
"Louisville puts out a lot of defensive players, too. Coach Alford is a pretty good guy and I've been in contact with him. He seems pretty nice and I've enjoyed the times we've talked."
Forte did say he will likely take his official visits to schools he would not otherwise be able to visit on his own. He now holds 13 offers (including all of his five favorites) and said he will talk things over with his mother before he makes any decisions about the future.