Northern Trek

West Virginia continues to scour its recruiting grounds for defensive backs, and another target is set to make an official visit to its campus this weekend.

Qudral Forte, a multi-skilled athlete from Washington High School in Atlanta, Ga., is making the trip to West Virginia this weekend. This will be Forte's first trip to the Mountain State, and he's interested in seeing what the WVU campus is like.

Forte has been in touch with the Mountaineers and assistant coach Lonnie Galloway for a few months, but it was just last month when the two-way player received an offer from WVU.

"Coach Galloway told me they were offering me a scholarship, and that they wanted me to come for a visit," Forte said. "We worked it out on our schedules, so I am coming this weekend. I wasn't really surprised by the offer, because he had been calling me for a while."

Forte has also visited Toledo, and plans to visit Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky and UAB on the remaining weekends this month before signing day. He said he has not considered whether or not he might make a decision before completing all of those trips.

Forte has shown his versatility quite clearly during his high school career, playing both offense and defense for Washington. He played quarterback during his junior season, then added defensive back to his repertoire as a senior. Over those two years, he accounted for more than 3,400 all purpose yards and 50 touchdowns. As a senior, playing both cornerback and safety, he tallied 15 tackles and three interceptions.

"West Virginia is recruiting me as a cornerback and safety, and also as a [return] specialist," Forte said. "I've played enough corner, and I think I can be a good one [in college]."

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