PERSONAL: Son of Alex Forston and Pearline Simmons ... Born: April 13, 1987.
Comments from Roland Smith
"You can expect Dustin to bring a lot of energy and excitement to the games. His speed off of the edge is his biggest thing. He can run real fast, really fast. He is a sideline to sideline type of player," said Northwestern Coach Roland Smith. "We played him at defensive end because he presented so many match up problems for the opposition. He plays smart and is just so athletically gifted. Ole Miss is getting themselves a great one."
Comments from Ed Orgeron
"Dustin Forston is a steal out of Miami. I would have recruited him to any school I've been at. He's really good. I expect Forston to play immediately and to learn the linebacker slot quickly. He's just a football player."
The following information was revealed during
our interview with Dustin Forston:
Have you seen any changes in your weight or height since you signed with Ole Miss? "Yes sir, I am up to 6' 0" now. I have grown about an inch. I weigh 225, which is about right at what I was playing at in the fall."
Have you been timed in the 40 since signing day? "I have not been training to get timed. I have just been lifting weights and doing agility drills. The last time I did run the 40, I ran a 4.5."
What does your workout schedule consist of? "I lift on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. I do agility drills Monday through Friday, and I run distances on the track on the weekends."
What are you maxing out? "I have not really been maxing out. I have just been working out, doing reps. If I had to guess, well the last time, I was doing 315. I guess around 325."
Are you going to play in any All-Star games this summer? "No, we had ours in late January."
Which event did you play in? "The Dade County Classic."
What were your stats for the game? "I had 9 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 caused fumble."
Are you participating in any Spring Sports? "No sir."
When are you scheduled to graduate? "June 1st. Yes sir, I am ready to get up to Ole Miss and start competing. I am just trying to hold and maintain. I want that (starting) job real bad."
Where do you stand academically? "I have a 3.0 Core GPA and a 950 on the SAT."
Are you good to go? "Yea, I am good to go."
When do you plan on enrolling at Ole Miss? "During summer school. I do not think I will be attending the first summer session, but I will be at Ole Miss. I will just be working out with the team and getting attached to the atmosphere. I have enrolled for the second summer session though."
Have you read or heard the comments from Coach Orgeron stating that he is looking for a couple of incoming linebackers to give him some help? "Yea, I am aware of that. I read every practice report they had this spring on the internet. I know what they got. It makes me work that much harder knowing I can come in there and help them out."
Is earning a starting job your main goal? "I do not care if I am starting or not. I could just be playing on 3rd downs or special teams. I just want to contribute to the team."
What are your personal goals for next season? "Just to not get off track on no nonsense. I just want to play football and hit my books. I want to try and get Ole Miss back to a bowl game."
Have you set some team goals? "I want to try and come in and start, but it is no guarantee. I really want to play next to Patrick Willis though. They say he will be a 1st round pick in the draft. I could learn a lot from him."
When is the last time you spoke with someone from the Ole Miss staff? "I talked to coach Lubick last week."
What all did you two discuss? "He was just telling me about the clearinghouse so he can get me up there. He also told me that everybody was excited to get me up there so I can go in and compete in my first year."
Which position do you expect to start out? "Weakside linebacker or strong sided linebacker."
Did the staff have a goal for you, as far as what they want you to report in at? "They want me at 225. They know how quick I get to the ball. They did not want me to get too big so I would not lose my speed. They said they would put on the extra 10 to 15 pounds on me."
What is the number one thing you will have to work on to make an impact next year? "I already think I am there physically. I just have to learn the plays. That could be the only thing that could stop me, but it should not be too hard for me to learn. I am a quick learner."
Are you more nervous or anxious about the transition you about to make? "I say I am more anxious. I can not wait. That is all I have been thinking about lately. Just how it is going to be. The speed changes. I can not wait."
Have you found a roommate yet? "Yea, Leron King from my high school.We are moving down to Oxford together."
Are there some rising N' Western seniors we should look out for? "Yea, Sammie Smith. He is a linebacker and strong safety for us. He is probably about 6' 0", 195. And Timothy Brown. He plays WR. Timmy is probably 5' 10 or 5' 11". Nobody can stay with Timmy."
Thinking back now; what was the number one reason you choose Ole Miss? "The main thing was Coach Orgeron. He was the most energetic and exciting coach I met on my trips. I knew he was the coach I wanted to play for, and I know he has my back too. It would definitely have to be Coach Orgeron."