A component to Notre Dame's future success on defense begins with trying to land Forston, and the Irish have a chance.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Marcus Forston gets the occasional inspirational message from Parmalee, and talks or texts with him twice a week.
"He keeps it real and is outgoing," Forston said of Parmalee. "We talk about everything besides football, life and what's going on with family. He was telling me that if you want to come here, you will play at a high level every week."
The two don't have to talk much about football. When the Irish offered back in March, Parmalee and head coach Charlie Weis told Forston he was the monster they needed in the middle of their defensive line.
In helping Miami Northwestern to the 6-A state championship this past fall, 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.
Among his 25 scholarship offers, Forston has been offered by top schools like USC, Miami, Tennessee, Auburn and Clemson. He says that Notre Dame is a place he will probably visit officially and distance isn't a problem.
"My mom said, its my choice," Forston said. "If I am looking forward to striving towards a dream, there is nothing that should stop me. It doesn't matter where I go to play college football, she'll be 110 percent behind me."
Forston is expecting to see Notre Dame coaches at his school the second week of May. He is also aware of the depth chart at the defensive tackle position.
"They've lost some key defensive linemen, and I have a good chance of starting as a freshman."