"I've been waiting for this for a week," an excited Marcus Forston said. "I think it got caught up in the mail. (Irish assistant) coach (Bernie) Parmalee had traced it down and said it would be in this week."
In helping Miami Northwestern to the 6-A state championship this past fall, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Forston had 96 tackles, 20 sacks, and two forced fumbles. This past summer, he ran a 4.8 second 40-yard dash, and reports a bench press of 365 pounds and a squat of 510 pounds.
Forston couldn't wait to tell his mother about this particular offer.
"She said how'd they know about you, and you are way down here," Forston said while cracking up. "I said Ma, you have to sell yourself. When you're good, they come get you no matter where you're at."
Miami, Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Rutgers, Tennessee, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Minnesota and a couple other schools are have come to get Forston as well.
Forston talks with coach Parmalee a couple times a week. The other two schools he is in heavy contact with is Florida and hometown Miami.
"Coach Parmalee said they need a monster on the defensive line that is going to come in that first year and play," Forston said.
Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis confirmed that Forston is the monster they are indeed looking for.
"We were just talking about how he had seen my film, and that he liked what he can see," Forston said of his scholarship offer from Weis. "A guy my size that can run like that.
"We talked about how Notre Dame is one of the most prestigious colleges in the nation," Forston, who has a 3.0 GPA, continued. "I told him the most important thing for me is academics. I told him I saw the NFL average for players is four years, and I need a degree to fall back on. He told me it was great I had a mindset like that, that I'm not worried about just football."
Forston has seen the facilities and the campuses at Miami and Florida State, so he won't be taking official visits to those two schools.
"I already got Notre Dame in my five visits," Forston said. "I also want to go up to Tennessee and Rutgers. I'm not sure about the other two."
Forston plans to visit South Bend in the fall.
"I want to visit during the season when they have one of their big games," Forston said.