Forrest Rhyne is one of the baker’s dozen, Class of 2017, high school stand-outs that will join the Villanova football program next season. Rhyne is a 6-2, 230 pound, linebacker from Waynesboro Area High School in Pennsylvania. He is a two-time All State selection and was named League MVP as well as making all-conference three times in his career. Last season, he made 112 tackles (74 solo, 21 TFL).
Forrest Rhyne spoke recently with Leader Johnson and the interview is available here as a “Special To” VUSports:
Leader Johnson: What made you choose Villanova? You had offers from a lot of Division I programs what makes Villanova stand out?
Forrest Rhyne: Love the academics, coaching staff, and a lot more. Had a great time when I visited and I felt like I was at home.
Leader Johnson: Villanova is going through a little bit of a switch up in the coaching area. How is new coach Mark Ferrante and have you met Andy Talley?
Forrest Rhyne: Coach Ferrante is a great guy. I love how he was involved in my visit and answered any questions me or my mom had. I was able to meet coach Talley right when they offered me!
Leader Johnson: What has the coaching staff told you about your role this season and for the future and where they project you to play?
Forrest Rhyne: They told me I will play LB. I'm just ready to get on campus and start working hard!
Leader Johnson: You are a wrecking ball out there - complete explosion. What NFL player do you model your game after?
Forrest Rhyne: I always loved watching Ray Lewis growing up, but Luke Kuechly is the man now.
Leader Johnson: Were you raised in Waynesboro and how was it coming up there?
Forrest Rhyne: I moved to Waynesboro in the third grade. It is a pretty small town but if you get a good group of guys together to work hard and bond as a team great things can rise.
Leader Johnson: What do you like about Joe Trainer and how is the coaching staff as a whole?
Forrest Rhyne: The coaches always have so much energy and are personable, which is awesome.
Leader Johnson: You have a very talented bunch in this class. Are you all close? What about the guys already on this team - what guys have taken you under their wing?
Forrest Rhyne: All the guys in the class are in a big group chat and we all hung out on our visits … great group of guys. When I was on my official visit I was able to spend some time with a few of the current linebackers and they seem like great guys too.
Leader Johnson: Parents are big in a kids life - they fuel the motor … how have your parents been an influence?
Forrest Rhyne: My mom always taught me that nothing in life is given and you have to work for everything you want. With the passing of my father in October 2015 - that has been a great inspiration just to try and make him proud and achieve the dreams we had together.
Leader Johnson: I heard you mention academics as a big part how are your grades now?
Forrest Rhyne: Great, I always prided myself on good grades and getting a good collegiate education.
Leader Johnson: What are you doing to prepare for the season and what part of your game can you say has improved the most?
Forrest Rhyne: I'm just focusing on the workout that Villanova has sent me and working with a trainer to try and adjust to the next level play.
Leader Johnson: How has spring practice been? Villanova is known for its competition. Have you learned a lot already?
Forrest Rhyne: Yes! Watching practice was hard because I just wanted to get out there and compete.
Leader Johnson: What does Forrest Rhyne bring to the table for the Wildcats?
Forrest Rhyne: I'm going to be a dedicated hard worker that will do anything for the team.
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