Jason Candle has made it a priority to recruit Ohio and Florida with the 2017 Class. Despite already receiving verbal commitments from several top prospects and targets, Candle and his staff still have a few recruits in which they're after, including 2017 Columbus, Ohio product, Darrick Forrest.
Forrest, a six-foot, 170-pound cornerback with a lot of upside has been high on Toledo since they offered him early into the summer. On August 6, Forrest was able to make it up to the Glass City to pay a visit to the Rockets and Coach Candle.
"I'd give my visit an A-," Forrest told us, "It was pretty good, I love the facilities."
The visit, which showed Forrest a lot about the campus and university as a whole, also gave him a glimpse inside the everyday life of a player in the Toledo program.
"I really liked the intensity of practice, the facilities were great, all of the coaches introduced themselves if they didn't already know me or I didn't know them. I like the way campus is set up, all of the classes and dorms are close."
Forrest, who attends Walnut Ridge High School, recorded 24 tackles, three deflections, and an interception last fall as a junior. Now, he's looking to improve those numbers as a senior while the season approaches. Forrest says there are a few certain things that he takes into consideration when looking at a school.
"I want somewhere that feels like home, a place where I know I will be coached to the best of my ability," he continued, "And I want a place where if something may happen, say I get hurt, I will still want to stay at that school even if I wouldn't play football anymore."
As far as his strengths as weaknesses, Forrest has really improved and made a name for himself this summer, and colleges have taken notice.
"I have good ball skills, I can come up and make tackles in the flats, my zone coverage is good as well," Forrest stated on his playing style, "Off of the field, I'm a role model for my younger siblings, I'm the oldest boy now due to the passing of my older brother De'Andre. All the boys play football and look up to me. My grades are good and my coaches look to me to be a leader, which I am both on and off the field."
Forrest has yet to announce any timeframe for a commitment, but I'd name Toledo and Miami (OH) his leaders right now despite other offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, and Ohio. We'll keep you posted on the latest.