Nick Forbes and his teammates at Governor Thomas Johnson High School were hoping for a better 2008 season. The Patriots got off to a slow start but showed a lot of heart and character as the season progressed.
"The season didn't go as we planned," said Forbes. "We started off 2-4 and our playoff hopes were bleak. We bounced back and won our next four and made the playoffs though. We lost in the first round but we fought hard as a team all year. It was a good learning experience for me personally."
Forbes felt good about his individual play in 2008 but is not in any way satisfied. "I think I had a good year but I wanted to be better. I fought a back strain for half of the season but I played though it."
For his efforts, Forbes was selected First Team All-Conference as both a linebacker and running back and 2nd Team All-State at linebacker. He was also named to the All-Area team and won the Area Defensive Player of the Year. Forbes was also recently named to the Scout.com All-Combine Team for his performance at the Army All-American combine last week.
Forbes has no shortage of offers at this point and is beginning to sort though the recruiting process. "I have official offers from Stanford, Boston College, West Virginia, Pitt, and Maryland. I also believe I have an official offer coming from Wake Forest. I have no favorites right now and just want to do research on all the schools."
Forbes was able to watch Wake Forest practice a few weeks ago when they were in northern Virginia preparing for the Eagle Bank Bowl.
"It was great watching them practice. The thing that stood out to me was the atmosphere surrounding the team and how well their players get along. I was able to talk with some of the players and they were so down to earth and treated us like we were part of the team. Aaron Curry, who is the best linebacker in the country, talked to me for awhile and told me his recruiting story. I was a bit star struck at first but he was great to talk with. He told me how much he loves and respects his position coach. Coach Lambert produces great linebackers and that is something that I am looking for."
Forbes, who plans on majoring in Business, Architecture, or Engineering in college, knows what he is looking for in a school. "Academics are very important to me and my family. I would love to play in the NFL but I know anything can happen and football isn't forever. I want a degree that will set me up for the rest of my life. I also want to play for a good football program where I fit in best with the coaches and players. Campus life is also important to me. If I get hurt while I am in college, I want to be somewhere I will be happy just being a student. The size of the school is not that important to me."
The top notch linebacker will be taking quite a few visits to get a feel for the schools recruiting him. He mentioned he planned on visiting Stanford, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wake Forest, and a few others.
Forbes is a true student athlete that will be an asset both on the field and in the classroom. On the football field, Forbes plays with a lot of speed, aggression, and intelligence.