Aggies pick up defensive lineman

Texas A&M continued to roll through the summer on Wednesday, picking up another commit, this time a defensive lineman. Aggie Websider visits with the newest member of the Aggies' class of 2009.

The Texas A&M coaching staff hauled in commitment No. 21 on Wednesday, when St. Pius defensive end Enrico Forbes called to commit to the Aggies.

"It came down to a family decision," Forbes said. "I talked to my coaches, my guardian and my family and I prayed about it a lot. After my visit on Sunday I felt like it was a place I really wanted to be, not just football wise but academically as well."

Forbes visited with A&M head coach Mike Sherman for more than an hour, which proved to be one of the deciding factors in Forbes' decision.

"We had about an hour long conversation and I really like him because he lets you know how he feels and doesn't hold anything back," he said. "I really like that about him hope to build a relationship with him once I get to A&M."

Forbes, who has only been playing organized football in the United States since 2006, is still extremely raw as far as technique is concerned, but the Aggies decided to offer the 6-foot-6, 277-pound defensive end who has been clocked as fast as 4.7 in the 40-yard dash.

That speed, along with impressive raw athleticism is what Forbes believes is his biggest attribute.

"My speed and my size are my biggest strengths and I get off the ball really quick," Forbes said, "but I know I've got a lot more learning to do."

The talented athlete has only played in eight games in his high school career due to a knee injury in 2006 and family issues that required him to travel home to the Bahamas in 2007, which is one reason why he seems to have flown under the radar for a lot of teams.

But he's determined to prove that the A&M coaching staff did the right thing by taking a chance on his potential.

"I really like the fact that (the A&M coaches) see the potential I have and they're going to take a risk on choosing me," Forbes said. "I'm going to show what I can do and prove they were right and hopefully I can get to the next level after A&M."

Forbes says the biggest thing he's hoping to improve this year is reading opposing offenses.

"I still have to learn the plays and everything and where I need to be at different times," he said. "I'm just learning how to read the offense right now, but going to A&M I know they'll help me a lot with that as well."

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