UNC Making Pitch to Top DT

Instead of allowing last February's signing of Marvin Austin – the No. 1-ranked defensive tackle – to intimidate or scare away potential DT prospects, North Carolina's coaching staff is using Austin's presence on their roster as a recruiting tool.

"[In text messages] they talk about ‘Do I want to play next to big Marvin Austin?'" said Marcus Forston. "They say how unstoppable we'd be inside."

Forston, 6-foot-2 285-pounder from Miami (Fla.) Northwestern, respects Austin and sees some similarity on how the two DTs play the game.

"That's a pretty good defensive lineman right there," said Forston. "He's a guy that leaves it on the field – like me. That would be a great experience right there."

North Carolina possesses another figure within their program that intrigues Forston – first-year head coach Butch Davis.

"That's a college that's trying to get back on top like they used to be," said Forston. "Butch Davis is a great coach and is one of the most prestigious coaches out there in college. He was able to build Miami, so he shouldn't have a problem trying to get UNC on top."

North Carolina offered Forston a scholarship a couple of months back. His offers list is up to 25 and includes the likes of Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, and Southern Cal.

In an amazing junior season, Forston included 20 sacks within his 96 tackles. He was named to the 6A All-State and All-Dade County teams. Forston is one of the best players on an all-star caliber defense that recorded seven straight shutdowns and helped Northwestern to a 15-0 record and a Class 6A State Title.

Focused on continuing Northwestern's undefeated streak and winning a second straight state title, Forston, who is wide open, has paid little attention to his recruitment and won't confront it until after his senior season.

"Probably right after the season [I'll narrow down my list of options]," said Forston. "I'll have more time on my hands. I'll narrow it down to a ten, a five, a two, then a one."

Forston said he will wait until Signing Day to announce the school he will fax his National Letter of Intent to.

"Academics are the most important thing [when making my decision]," said Forston. "I'm also looking for a team where I can go in and play as a true freshman."

Unsurprisingly, when Scout.com debuted its 2008 Hot 100, Forston was ranked 19th overall in the nation, which is the highest ranking for any defensive tackle. Also, Forston has received a five-star rating by Scout.com.

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