Notre Dame needs to land a couple topflight defensive tackles this year if they're going to solidify their defense. One of the best in this recruiting class is Marcus Forston (6-foot-3, 290 pounds) and he recently had a conversation with Irish head coach Charlie Weis.
"I've been talking to Notre Dame a lot," Forston responded when asked if he had spoken with the Notre Dame coaches recently. "They offered me a scholarship about two weeks ago. I spoke with coach Weis and he offered me.
"I like [Notre Dame] because it's a prestigious college. I feel like the most important thing is academics. I can see myself going there and having people say, ‘This guy graduated from Notre Dame, one of the most prestigious colleges in the nation.'
"They have a great football program and they have a winning tradition," Forston said. "I come from a high school that is always winning, so it would be hard for me to go to a school that's always losing. So, playing for a winning team is important.
"I spoke with coach Parmalee also. He's real cool. I like him. He's from down here, so he knows what it's like. He played with the Dolphins."
Notre Dame fans realize that signing an elite player out of the Miami area is always difficult. Forston will be no different as he's already pulled in 13 offers.
"LSU, Miami, Auburn, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Tennessee, Florida, and Florida State," Forston replied when asked to list his top schools. "North Carolina as well, they just offered me and I think coach Davis is going to turn that program around. He said I could go up there and play next to Marvin Austin.
"Everybody has a chance. I probably wouldn't take a visit to Miami, Florida, or Florida State, because I already know how thing are there. I'd like to take my visits to places out of state, so I can experience new things. I've already been to Miami and Florida."
As a junior, Forston racked up 92 tackles and 20 sacks.