Interview with Kai Forbath

The kicker from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame, Kai Forbath, who is committed to UCLA, talks about his experience at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and how the situation has possibly changed for next year given the uncertainty with Justin Medlock...

UCLA-committed kicker Kai Forbath was impressive all week at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices and games.

During Thursday's practice, Forbath was routinely kicking 50-yarders and put the capper on his morning of kicking by nailing a 60-yard kick that cleared the uprights by 7-10 yards.

And despite his label as a "kicker," Forbath said he's felt like one of the guys since he got here. "It's just been amazing. It's so great to meet these guys I'll be playing against and with."

Forbath gave UCLA a verbal pledge early in the fall, choosing the Bruins over Notre Dame and a handful of other schools. "It was just a perfect fit for me. It was close to home and I had an opportunity to redshirt and then kick for four years. It just felt right when I visited there. I went to Notre Dame and I loved it there, but I just couldn't really leave," said Forbath.

Now, with the future of Justin Medlock unclear, Forbath could be pressed into action earlier then he expected. "A lot depends now on Justin's situation, because I was planning to redshirt. I'm under the impression that whomever plays best will play," said Forbath. "But if Justin is there, then I'm redshirting."

Forbath is following in the footsteps of his kicking coach Chris Sailer, also a Notre Dame alum who went to UCLA, and was an All-American as both a punter and kicker in 1997. Forbath could also one day assume kicking duties at all three positions.

"He (Sailer) definitely left my decision up to me," Forbath said. "But he thought I would do better at UCLA. That wasn't a part of my decision though."

UCLA is still keeping tabs on Forbath's teammate, quarterback Garrett Green, and Forbath said he'd love to continue playing with Green.

"I think it would be great to play with him," said Forbath. "He likes UCLA and if they offered, I think he'd take it."

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