22 in 22: Rob Forst

ScarletReport.com's 22-day feature, which profiles a different member of the incoming 2010 class, hits day No. 21 and former Manasquan (N.J.) High offensive lineman Rob Forst. The younger brother of current Scarlet Knights starting offensive lineman Art Forst, the 6-foot-3 1/2, 285-pound Rob Forst talks about what position he will play at Rutgers, and whether he can contribute as a freshman.

Offensive lineman Rob Forst has inside knowledge of what awaits him at Rutgers in August, and that is tremendously helpful.

However, there is a tinge of scariness in his knowledge as well, especially since his brother, two-year offensive line starter Art Forst, is the one delivering the messages.

The elder Forst, who will be a junior in 2010, is known for his 6-foot-8, 310-pound frame and his sense of humor, but younger brother Rob is trying to differentiate between his humor and reality.

"He loves to tell me," Rob Forst said, " ‘Oh, you're not ready for this. You're not ready for it. You're not going to be able to run the 300s, you're not going to be able to run 110s. You're not going to be able to make it through Friday workouts.' He gives me a hard time about it.''

But the 6-foot-3½, 285-pound Rob Forst, who will open camp playing center, isn't only receiving information from Art.

The Manasquan (N.J.) High product enrolled at Rutgers in early June, and gets feedback from all the offensive linemen.

"From what I've been hearing from the other players, it's not going to be easy,'' Forst said. "It's a lot of work. It's a lot of meetings, a lot of football, and you really have to be mentally prepared going in, as well as physically prepared, because it's every day. It's being able to endure the running, the lifting, and the practice also, as well as the meetings.''

Of course, there is a strong chance Forst will have plenty of time to adjust to college, and playing center.

He is quick to point out the Scarlet Knights' starting center is fifth-year senior and team leader Howard Barbieri, and behind him is David Osei and Caleb Ruch.

"Going in, I'm going to give it everything I can,'' Forst said. "I'm going to study harder than everyone else. You've got to have the mentality of ‘you've got to do everything you can do.' They give you all the tools to succeed. You have to use them. That's my mentality."

But given the demands of the position, especially the knowledge needed to call audible blocking schemes, takes time, and Forst is not naïve to it.

"You're like the captain of the offensive line,'' he said. "You have to make the calls, you have to know every defense. When you see something, you have to be able to switch the way you block the plays. It's a lot of mental ability to play center.

"Would I love to play as a freshman? Yes. Does it make sense? Not really. AmI gonna? Maybe no. But I'm going to give it my best."


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