"They said, if a college really wants you, they can wait," Marcus Forston said. "If they can't wait, that means they don't really want you."
Notre Dame obviously really wants Forston.
There are a lot of college programs that also want Forston, who has over 30 scholarship offers, and likewise, are willing to wait. When Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis made his scholarship offer back in March, he told the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Forston that he was the "monster" the Irish needed anchoring their defensive line. Brown and Parmalee have later echoed that same statement.
With Forston, all those programs planning on waiting to see what he is going to do, won't know anything until after the completion of his football season at Miami Northwestern when he starts taking his official visits. A college decision could come as late as signing day the first week in February, even though Forston is so stressed out with recruiting that he sometimes wishes he could just end it now.
"Just everybody calling and telling you the same thing, telling you this is the program for you, and I can see you doing this, doing that here," Forston explained. He had 96 tackles, 20 sacks and two forced fumbles, helping Northwestern to a 6-A state championship as a junior. "I just have to sit down and listen to everybody because you don't know who is telling you the truth because it is too early in the season."
Parmalee and Forston text and talk a few times a week.
"He is an outgoing guy," Forston said. He occasionally talks with Brown. "He is a younger coach so he knows how life is for the younger kids. He is not that old, and he really knows what's going on and how the recruiting game goes.
"We just talk about stuff outside of football. We talk about how vacation is going, and the stresses of recruiting."
"I've heard about (Brown) and his system. He sounds like a great guy and a guy that can give me a chance to get into the NFL."
Forston is really considering Notre Dame, USC, Rutgers, LSU, North Carolina and Miami. There are several other programs in touch, and he eventually will have to decide what schools will get an official visit.
"I definitely know Notre Dame will be one of them," Forston stated.
"I want to take my visits after the season, because I want to really go to these schools and see what the college is about and enjoy the trip. I don't want to have to rush back home because we have a game next week."
Northwestern started football practice last week eyeing a National Championship. "We are going to take the nation," Forston stated. With players the caliber of Forston, Brandon Washington, Aldarius Johnson, Sean Spence, Tommy Streeter and Jacory Harris, they certainly have a chance.
"This summer I've worked on little things," Forston said. "Worked on my technique, getting into shape, running around the track, keep the motor running. So when the fourth quarter comes around, people will be like that guy is still running like he did in the first quarter."
Forston wants coaches waiting on his decision to say that too.