"I really hate people writing about that UM thing," Marcus Forston stated. "They're jumping to conclusions. People can say that though. People are saying that because it's the closest college to my house. Trying to say they have the closest bond to me because of it, but I don't listen to that. I don't get into the media like that."
Forston hasn't trimmed his list of favorites down to a top five, but the schools listed above have the early edge, with distance not being a factor. Forston will probably be a signing-day guy, or pretty close to it, as he plans to take all his visits. He says that he still plans to see Notre Dame with one of those five precious visits.
The Irish are recruiting Forston as hard as anybody, upping the intensity as of late with assistant coach Bernie Parmalee and defensive coordinator Corwin Brown having at least one phone conversation per week with the blue-chip player. The relationship used to be strictly text messaging between Parmalee and Forston.
"Coach Brown, he is a go getter," Forston said. "I like his scheme. (Parmalee) is more of a laid back coach, the type of coach that wants to get a relationship with you.
"I have the same relationships with other staffs. The coaches, it will be their job to make me feel at home and get that bond with me."
Last season, Forston helped Northwestern to a Florida class 6-A state championship with 96 tackles, 20 sacks and two forced fumbles. He has run a 4.8 second 40-yard dash, bench presses 365 pounds and squats 510 pounds.
Forston said he improved as a player this spring, and Irish head coach Charlie Weis made a visit, along with Brown and Parmalee.
"That means a lot there," Forston said. Ain't too many head coaches going to take their time to make a visit like that. It tells me I'm a special player."
Forston played like a special player in Northwestern's spring game. In a 42-20 win over Glades Central, Forston had seven tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery he returned with that 4.8-speed 52 yards for a touchdown.
"The crowd said they didn't know I could run that fast," Forston said with a laugh. "Nobody was able to touch me either."
Forston doesn't plan to make any unofficial visits, or attend any combines this summer. He was recently nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American game in January.