OL prospect has strong WSU connection

RECRUITING, SUCCESSFULLY, IS about long hours and hard work but it's also about connections. One o-line prospect with a crimson offer has a close friend who starred for the Cougars back in the early part of the past decade, a player who remains tied for third all-time in receiving touchdowns at Washington State.

Rico Forbes (6-6, 292) is on WSU's radar in large part because of Devard Darling, who had 18 receiving touchdowns from 2002-03.

"A friend of mine went to Washington State -- Devard Darling. That's how it came about…Devard is a close friend of mine. He's my guardian's cousin," said Forbes, originally from Houston.

Forbes was a three star defensive end coming out of St. Pius, with offers from Texas A&M, Baylor and others. Academics necessitated a junior college detour and he's on pace to graduate with his AA this winter at Navarro, about an hour south of Dallas.

He played on the d-line last year, and had a good season. But he's likely an offensive lineman at the next level, and he'll play there this season, too. Dave Ungerer is running the recruiting point for Wazzu.

"Coach Ungerer was impressed with my size. Last season they had me playing defense and in the spring they moved me to o-tackle. And when he found that out, he was really impressed with it," said Forbes.

HOW'S THE ADJUSTMENT been to playing on the other side?

"I had some trouble in the spring when they first moved me. But then at the end of spring ball and through summer workouts, I caught on really quick. I'm starting to like it even better than defense… I just like to let my game speak for itself," said Forbes.

Forbes said he will trip officially to WSU later this fall.

"I know they haven't been doing well but I want to see how they do this year, see how they turn it around this season. That's not going to make my decision but I do want to just see how they do. I plan on taking (an official) visit up there as soon as I can and when my schedule allows. Our first game is next week," said Forbes.

FORBES HAS THREE to play two at the next level and aims to receive his AA this winter, which would allow him to enroll in January and participate in a team's spring ball session.

"Washington State sent the offer last week, they're the only school who has offered me," said Forbes, who added that Baylor remains in close contact. "I'm looking for a place I can play right away…I'm looking for a place that will develop me the right way and help me take, hopefully, my skills to the next level."

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